Explore The Norfolk Broads

Explore The Norfolk Broads

The peaceful Norfolk Broads lie mostly to the east and south east of the cathedral city of Norwich, with thirty 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 navigable 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.

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.  During the summer season as the unique flora attracts a variety of insects, dragonflies and butterflies.

Life in, on and around the Norfolk Broads can be one long fun adventure. From their first moment in this world, children brought up on the Norfolk Broads have so many opportunities to explore and experience nature at its very best and if the water is the draw, who wouldn't like to live the Swallows and Amazons story? The beautiful beaches along the coast that caress the edges of the Broads to the inland waterways, fens and marshes providing an ever changing playground for the adventurers amongst us.

For those romantic and gentle souls, the peaceful agricultural landscape does give way from time to time to reveal magical woods, mystical grand houses and fairy tale villages, hiding seemingly lost and just waiting to be discovered.

For those history buffs, the Norfolk Broads has been played a major role in the development of commerce in Norfolk, with the trading wherries moving huge cargoes plying between the inland waters and the coast. Its countryside also contributes massively to the supply of food, not to mention the malting barley used for great beers and whisky. 

Come and explore the Norfolk Broads and as the tale starts, release your inner child and experience all that you can, but be warned it is a never ending story! 

Read the following articles to give yourself a snapshot of life in and around the Norfolk Broads. 

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Yare and Bure One Design
White Boats
A specially designed class of racing sail boat, now over 100 years old with many of the early boats still competing on the Norfolk Broads
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Boat Slipways
Boat Slipways
Public and private slipways and boat ramps throughout the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads that are suitable for launching small craft.
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Norfolk Broads Wherries
Norfolk Wherries
The sleek lines of the wherry yachts and the clinker black hulls of the working wherries can still be seen and admired sailing serenely around the Norfolk Broads
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Bird Watching
Bird Watching
With fabulous rivers and broads lined with reedbeds, the Norfolk Broads has a myriad of birdlife to watch
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Electric Boat Charging Points
Charging Points
Electric boats are the way to explore the Norfolk Broads with a network of charging points available for private and hire boats to replenish their batteries
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Otters in the Broads
Otters A 'Broad'
These cheeky chappies have come back from the edge of extinction to a thriving lifestyle in the Norfolk Broads and Rivers
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A Boating Day Out on the Norfolk Broads
Boating Day Out
Just a small taster of a lovely day on a day boat exploring the peace and beauty of the Norfolk Broads
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Fishing Clubs
Fishing Clubs
Fishing Clubs to contact for membership and permission to fish some of the hotspots in the Norfolk Broads area
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Fishing Tackle Shops
Fishing Tackle Shops
A selection of Fishing Tackle Shops in and around the Norfolk Broads area
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Fishing Hotspots
Fishing Hotspots
There are some great hotspots to fish along the banks of the Norfolk Broads and Rivers, plus may private lakes and fisheries nestled in the countryside.
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Aerial Photos of the Norfolk Broads
Broads Aerials
Aerial Photographs of the Broads
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Broads Information Centres & Tourist Information Centres (TIC)
Information Centres
For expert help and a friendly welcome, visit one of the Norfolk Broads Information Centres, knowledgeable staff will help ensure that your visit to this unique and beautiful part of Norfolk is a grea...
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Canoeing on the Broads
Canoeing
Get into a canoe to experience the Norfolk Broads waterways, pick up a paddle, enjoy the wildlife and experience the slow pace of life in the beautiful area
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Cycling and Walking Routes
Cycling and Walking
The Norfolk Broads is home to a vast array of cycling routes and trails for you to explore at your own pace. For those ramblers and walkers, the quiet lanes, lovely fields with pathways, trees and nat...
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Norfolk Broads History
Broads History
The visitor to the Norfolk Broads is initially unaware of its hidden history, but there is abundant evidence of past heritage, from the historic docks of Great Yarmouth and its fantastic fishing heritage through to the heart of the Broads and the trading wherries and the wool trade
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Fishing Guide
Fishing Guide
The Norfolk Broads are full of a huge variety of fish just waiting for the patient fisherman to cast his lure
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Fishing Licence and Season Dates
Fishing Licences
You can fish most places on the Norfolk Broads with an Environmental Agency fishing licence during the open season. Anglers should ensure that they have the necessary permission to fish on privately o...
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What are the Norfolk Broads
Norfolk Broads
What are the Norfolk Broads,? How big are the broads and how long are the rivers?
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Norwich Life
Norwich Life
Norwich is a small and beautiful city bursting with energy and life, proving that great things come in small packages!
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Video Clips of Broadland
Broadland Videos
Short video clips of the Norfolk Broads, introducing and promoting the beauty of the wetlands, rivers and marshes of Broadland
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