The Broads

Hickling Broad

The Broads

The Norfolk Broad is Britain’s largest protected wetland and third largest inland waterway, with the status of a national park and home to some of the rarest plants and animals in the UK. Made up of 43 separate Broads and six rivers they are connected by over 200km of lock-free navigable waterways. Its beautiful wild expanse of shallow lakes, woodland, fens and grazing marshes are a natural wonder waiting to be discovered.

Visit: www.broads-authority.gov.uk for more information about the best way that suits you to navigate your way around.

There are many boat yards within half a mile with various shapes and sizes available to suit your specific requirements. At the height of summer it is best to book before you come.


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Norfolk is famous for its man-made Broads! A National Park with 125 miles of navigable waterways. In the 12th Century, the extraction of peat was a prosperous industry and provided fuel for both individual families and manors, with a greater proportion being sold. Digging took place throughout the east Norfolk settlements until the 14th century, when finally, nature overcame man’s force. The holes that had been created gradually began to fill with water as the sea levels rose. As flooding was taking place on a regular basis and peat extraction was simply no longer possible. As these man made holes began to fill, the Norfolk Broads came alive!

Check out our superb map of the Broads to help you to get your bearings of the Broads and all they have to offer!

The Broads local area map

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