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Why Visit the Norfolk Broads?

The Norfolk Broads are often referred to as a ‘magical waterland’. In the heart of Norfolk this stunning network of rivers, broads and wetlands boast an unforgettable experience for visitors to this beautiful area. 

Whether you are a nature enthusiast, boater, or simply seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of life, the Norfolk Broads will suit you!

There are over 125 miles of navigable waterways making up the Norfolk Broads, which can be explored by: boat, canoe or by foot. 

The Norfolk Broads are a birdwatchers paradise, being home to a diverse range of bird species to spot. In the villages and areas surrounding the Norfolk Broads you may also be able to spot other wildlife including deers and otters which live around the wetlands.

The Norfolk Broads are steeped in rich history. With historical churches and traditional pubs surrounding many of the charming broads villages, you will be easily be able to make a day out of visiting a Norfolk Broad. Many of the broads villages also have information centres, heritage centres and museums to learn about the heritage and history of the area.

Glaven Valley’s Top 5 recommended destinations to visit in the Norfolk Broads are:

  1. Wroxham - A bustling village described as the ‘capital’ of the Broads, with boat trips, shops, pubs and cafes to enjoy. The area is wheelchair friendly and has plenty of car parking available.

  2. Ranworth- A beautiful village with boat trips, Broads Wildlife Centre, pub and cafe. This area is wheelchair friendly and has car parking available for a donation.

  3. Salhouse- A pretty village with canoe hire available and a fantastic children's playground at the end of the walk to view the Broad. This area has paid car parking available.

  4. Horsey Mere- View the iconic National Trust’s Horsey windpump at this location and enjoy boat trips from Horsey Staithe.

  5. Barton Broad- Located in Neatishead, this broad has a famous sailing scene and is home to the Norfolk Punt Club with a floating clubhouse situated on the broad. There is car parking available on site and is wheelchair friendly.

The Norfolk Broads provide a vast selection of recreational activities, boasting natural beauty, wildlife and history. Pack your bags and set out on a journey to enjoy the magic of the Norfolk Broads- you will not be disappointed!

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