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Explore The Norfolk Broads

The peaceful Norfolk Broads, National Park lies to the east of the cathedral city of Norwich, with 30 calm, shallow lakes fringed with reeds, alder or willow. They are interlinked by a series of rivers and man-made dyes to form around 200 miles of sailable waterways in serene countryside. Due to the unique nature of the area, the Norfolk Broads and its slow-moving rivers and silent marshes make for an exquisite place to explore our native wildlife and catch migrating birds that visit the area on route as a respite from their mammoth journey south.

Hickling Broads is the largest of the freshwater lakes and research in the 1950s lead archaeologist to believe that it was man made in the medieval times when the locals dug out the peat from the marshland. And Norfolk Wherry was a infamous site with its shallow keel and huge red sails transporting the local goods from Great Yarmouth up to the city of Norwich along the Broads rivers.

The centre of the Broads is Wroxham, with a local rail and bus link to Norwich and the facility to hire out Broads Cruisers and Sailing Boats on either a daily or holiday basis. Hiring a boat and taking a trip up the river is really the only true way to explore and experience the natural beauty and breath-taking skies of the region.

The broads are mainly a fresh water environment, where the likes of the British Otter population seem to be making a welcome come back because of the quality of the water and the surrounding landscape. The marshland and reed beds amongst the waterways of the Norfolk Broads make the area a happy hunting ground for many kinds of birds. Mosquito repellent is highly recommended during the summer season as the unique flora attracts a variety of insects, dragonflies and butterflies.

The coast is also a well earned rest for migrating birds on route from the north flying to warmer climates in autumn and on their way back in spring. Two migrant waders from the north are the knot, and the bar-tailed godwit, which gather in huge flocks on the mud flats on the coastal edges of the Norfolk Broads. A real special treat for all birdwatchers to come and enjoy the amazing range of birds; whilst cruising down the rivers of the Norfolk Broads on a boat.

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