Norfolk Broads

Where are the Norfolk Broads?

The Norfolk Broads are located in the county of Norfolk in the UK. Did you know that the Norfolk Broads is the only National Park that has a city? The Norfolk Broads hones a rich, vast history which dates back to the medieval times. It is now home to over 6,000 residents and is visited by more than 7.5 million visitors each year. This area, without a doubt, can be considered as one of the most popular UK tourist destinations, from the archetypal, iconic mills surrounding the miles of woodlands, footpaths, fen and the miles of waterways. Visitors will be greeted by idyllic villages and towns, around the vast landscapes.

The Beautiful Norfolk Broads

Norfolk is home to the iconic, and possibly most famous man-made Norfolk Broads. The Norfolk Broads is a National Park in the United Kingdom, which has over 125 miles of beautiful, navigable waterways, set against a beautiful countryside. This area is a picturesque, charming and unique part of the UK. The unique history of this iconic National Park offers its visitors’ unforgettable scenery, an abundance of calming landscapes, rivers and lakes. It may not be one of the largest National Parks, but it is home to over a quarter of Britain’s rarest wildlife.

History of the Norfolk Broads

Although the waterways are not natural, they are still a beautiful sight to behold. The lakes and waterways, are shallow, navigable and are quite popular for budding boaters. The Broads started out as pits for peat to provide fuel for the families and the manners. The digging occurred up to the 14th Century, in the east Norfolk settlements. Gradually, as the water levels started to rise, these large holes began to flood. Due to frequent flooding, it was impossible to continue the peat extraction. However, these flooded holes, are now the famous waterways that many of the visitors enjoy today.

There’s always something to do on the Broads

The Norfolk Broads is the perfect setting for relaxation and adventure. Visitors can explore, reflect and experience the magic of this unique, picturesque National Park. The greatest way that sightseers can discover the real beauty of the Broads is undoubtedly by boat, as many parts of the Broads cannot be reached by cars, or walking. However, this is not a bad thing. In fact, exploring the Broads by boat will help visitors discover the perfect fishing spots, spot the rare wildlife, and enjoy the hidden places.

There is no shortage of natural beauty and wildlife on the Broads. Some of the rare species found are the Norfolk Hawker Dragonfly, Otters, Teal, Shrews, Herons, in addition to many stunning wild birds. The Broads is perfect for any kind of visitor, whether you want to explore historical villages, nature or enjoy a delightful pub or restaurant in the countryside. Whether you are strolling down the waterways or stopping at a family friendly pub – most of which are dog-friendly. Visitors enjoy the English country fresh air, sparkling waters, and beautiful landscapes. When you visit the Norfolk Broads, an unforgettable experience is guaranteed.

The Norfolk Broads in Winter

Many of us are now searching for short breaks to help us deal with the cold British winters. With autumn nearly over, there is nothing better than planning a short winter break. The Norfolk broads are one of the ideal locations to visit at this time of year, the Broads National Park takes on its winter coat, and the scenery changes completely. If you are in need of peace, quiet and idyllic surroundings, then the Norfolk Broads is the perfect location to visit.

Visiting the Norfolk Broads in the Winter Months

If you’re planning a trip to the Norfolk Broads during the winter months, you have exclusive access to stunning, relaxing surroundings. While there may not be as many visitors, there is no shortage of wildlife. In winter you can fully enjoy the tranquil surroundings, but there is still plenty to do during the winter season. Such as:

• Bird Spotting – catch a glimpse of some of the migrating birds
• Relaxing winter walks on the sandy beaches
• Visit the Horsey Gap seals and their pups
• Walk the broads
• Visit the Christmas Markets (in Norfolk)
• Book a Christmas Santa Ride on the railways

Have a magical boating experience on the winter waterways

The waterways which were once filled with boats and buzzing tourists is now a soothing winter wilderness. The peacefulness of the waterways, the crisp, clean air is the best time to spot wildlife. Why not hire a day boat and take advantage of the quiet waters and explore the surroundings with nearly no interruption. The Norfolk Broads are well known and is a popular destination for budding boaters during the summer months, but is just as beautiful if not better in the late autumn and winter months.

Experience the picturesque Norfolk Broads winter landscape

It is difficult to put into words about how beautiful the Norfolk Broads are during the autumn and winter months. And, for those seeking peace, relaxation and want to leave feeling wholly revitalised then this is the perfect location for a winter break.

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The above map is courtesy of mynorfolkbroadsboating.co.uk - this is a really useful website with lots of helpful information on the Norfolk Broads and the Local area.

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From Swallowdale Holiday Home - By Road

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  • cantley
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  • salhouse
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  • acle
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  • south walsham
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  • wroxham
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  • reedham
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  • norwich
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  • hoveton
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  • stokesby
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  • horning
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  • loddon
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  • potter heigham
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  • ludham
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  • caister on sea
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  • great yarmouth
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  • hemsby
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  • stalham
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  • burgh castle
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  • sea palling
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  • beccles
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  • st olaves
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  • lowestoft
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  • oulton broad
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