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 towns and villages.
Without a doubt, the best way to discover the Broads is by boat. So much of the Broads can’t be reached by road that days – and nights – afloat become a real adventure, with hidden places, perfect fishing spots and close encounters with wildlife at every turn.
The famous Broads motor cruisers have been holiday favourites since the 1930s, and today’s boats have all the comforts of home on board, so even if you prefer to visit during the quieter, cooler months, you’ll have a cosy base for your explorations.
With fresh air, sparkling water and wide horizons by day, and wonderfully dark, starry nights, a boating holiday on the Broads is an unforgettable experience.
There are plenty of places along the meandering waterways for you to moor up and hop out to explore pretty villages and market towns, or to stop at a welcoming pub.
Day picnic boats, with galleys and WCs, are available and if you haven’t got sea legs, there are lots of alternative accommodation, from waterside hotels and chalets to self-catering cottages and camping.
Brecks and Thetford Forest
Breckland has one of the most distinctive landscapes in the UK and boasts its best overall climate with low rainfall and hot summers. An unexplored area of the county, this is the place for eco-adventure and ideal for getting away from everyone and everything.
The area comprises vast forests of native coniferous softwood, unique lines of Scots pines called ‘Deal rows’ that are derelict hedgerows, patches of classic historic heathland that were formed thousands of years ago by the felling and burning of forests for grazing land, and wide arable fields. Also unique to the Breckland are the prehistoric Pingos.
Self-catering and camping are the predominant accommodation.
Stretching across several counties and covering around 1 million acres, The Fens are a fascinating ‘natural manscape’, not least in the villages just south and east of King’s Lynn, where you’ll find some of the finest medieval ecclesiastical architecture and art in the UK. The landscape here is unlike any other: endless fields of rich black fertile soil and arable crops, split by drainage ditches and the Great Ouse, Little Ouse, Bedford and Nene rivers.