Wind along Broadland’s waterways and land ways, Naturally
Take your time and find your favourite way across Broadland – by foot or cycle on quiet lanes and trails, or on the water with Stand Up Paddleboards, canoes and cruisers where you might see a sleek otter or catch the flash of a Kingfisher.
The big skies and lovely landscape of golden fields, marshland, feathery reeds and tangled woodlands are a perfect canvas for adventure and relaxation – time to reflect, space to explore, a fabulous opportunity to enjoy a magical break.
The River Bure at Stokesby with its riverside Ferry Inn.
City of Stories Norwich and sweeping beaches are all close by, so Broadland is a perfect place to base yourself.
Best things to do in the Broads
Norfolk is possibly most famous for the man-made Broads, a National Park with over 125 miles of navigable lock-free waterways set in beautiful countryside and studded with charming and picturesque market towns and villages.
The Broads National Park is the largest wetland area in the UK and one of the most important in Europe, and it’s a haven for birds and all kinds of wildlife. Indeed, there are more rare species in the Broads than anywhere else in Britain.
Peat digging and climate change – how the Norfolk Broads were formed
The Norfolk Broads may look natural, and they are rightly regarded as the best example of a lowland wetland system in Britain, but they are actually a man-made phenomenon, the result of inundated peat diggings, mismanagement of the environment by mankind, and climate change. Yes, really!
The best Broads and rivers of the Broads National Park
Made up of a collection of around 40 inland water-filled broads, connected by over 125 miles of free flowing rivers they provide the perfect conditions for any explorer. The Broads can be split into two parts, the Northern Broads and the Southern Broads; the second stretching down into Suffolk and the Waveney Valley.
Broadland is also the centre of the Broads National Park, 125 miles of navigable, lock-free waterways set in beautiful countryside and home to more than a quarter of Britain’s rarest animals and plants, so don’t forget binoculars.
Much of the Broads is accessible with walkways for walkers, cyclists and those with disabilities.
To enjoy the unique rivers and lakes and incredible wildlife, the best way to get around is by boat, becoming immersed in a slower, gentler pace of life. You can hire a day boat – many of them now are electric – or a cruiser for longer trips. Accessible options are available.
There’s lots of mooring space at Ranworth and a great view of the Broads from the top of the church.
If you’re not staying on a boat, there are plenty of other accommodation options including cosy lodges, self-catering cottages, luxurious hotels and affordable campsites.
Visit Broadland and follow our beautiful land ways and waterways, Naturally.
Great for walking
Cycling quiet lanes
all the above
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