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Norfolk Broads

A magical wetland

Norfolk Broads

Norfolk Broads

Spread out between the city of Norwich and the Norfolk and Suffolk coastline, the Broads are a magical waterland made up of 125 miles of navigable rivers and lakes, and the UK’s largest nationally protected wetland.

Unlike many of Britain’s National Parks, the Broads are a manmade creation, formed in medieval times by people digging for peat. Nowadays, the Broads is one of Britain’s favourite holiday destinations. The best way to explore the natural beauty of the Broads is by boat, and whether it’s a canoe, rowboat, cruiser or traditional sailboat, you’ll find something to suit you. If you do tire from the miles and miles of waterways, just moor up and make the switch to dry land to explore one of the nearby villages, towns or traditional waterside pubs.

On land there are miles and miles of walking and cycling routes to explore, from children-friendly nature trails to challenging routes for the more experienced. Or why not pick a sunny spot to spend the day fishing for bream, eel, perch, pike, rudd and tench?

Top 5 things to see and do

1. Pack your binoculars and keep an eye out for the spectacular local wildlife – you’ll see everything from otters and kingfishers to barn owls.

2. Here with the family? The kids will love the traditional seaside town of Great Yarmouth.

3. Visit Wroxham, known as the capital of the Broads. It’s a great place to hire a boat or spend the afternoon exploring the picture postcard surroundings.

4. Take a steam train from the town of Aylsham, passing through the picturesque villages of Brampton, Buxton and Coltishall.

5. Thrill seeker? Head to Whitlingham Country Park where the activities on offer range from kayaking to off-road biking.

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