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The Norfolk Broads are a unique mixture of man made lakes connected by meandering rivers and dykes throughout much of Norfolk and into Suffolk. The Norfolk Broads is a member of the National Park family, and the the Broads Authority have worked to restore the clear water and quality of the UK's only national wetland, which is famous the world over for its rich and rare variety of plants, animals and birds.

For those holidaymakers wishing to take to the water, whether experienced sailors or complete novices, The Norfolk Broads provides many opportunities for all. Made up of a collection of around 40 inland water-filled broads, connected by over 200km of free flowing rivers they provide the perfect conditions for any explorer!

River Bure, Wroxham Broad and Salhouse Broad 

Considered to be one of the prettiest rivers in the Broadland area and the birthplace of Broads cruising, the River Bure provides many routes for the intrepid traveller!  Starting from the quaint village of Coltishall, it flows on through the hustle and bustle of Wroxham, before meandering onto the picturesque village of Horning, with its riverside pubs, perfect for a stop off. Once refreshed, you can continue onto the river mouth and the energetic town of Great Yarmouth. There are many broads to be explored on this route including Wroxham Broad, where you can either sail alone or take a boat trip and the beautiful Salhouse Broad with its grassy bank and areas of sand, perfect for children.

River Ant and Barton Broad

The River Ant is much narrower than the other Broadland rivers and in places is a quieter, more peaceful place to sail. With some beautiful towns to visit along its banks the river has a tendency to get busy during the holiday season. It begins surrounded by reed beds before heading upstream to Stalham, a lovely Market town and home to several award winning pubs. It then opens out in to Barton Broad, the second largest broad, popular for cruising and sailing. Regattas are held here throughout the year including the Blakes Barton Regatta in October. 

River Thurne and Hickling Broad

Imagine vast expanses of clear blue sky and sparkling water stretching out as far as the eye can see with only churches and windmills breaking up the horizon. This will be the view from your boat on the River Thurne which meanders onto Hickling Broad, the largest broad in the region and forms part of a nature reserve run by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. The river then continues on to the town of Potter Heigham where you can stop off for a well earned rest.

River Waveney and Oulton Broad

Crossing the Norfolk/Suffolk border the River Waveney is the least typical of all the rivers. It passes through the attractive town of Beccles and onto Oulton Broad, an excellent place to visit as there are many interesting shop and places to eat. There is also a park with tennis courts, a children’s play area and an open air swimming pool. 

River Yare and Breydon Water

Flowing from Norwich the River Yare is the biggest of the Broadland Rivers. Its journey is through beautiful scenery taking in the villages of Brundall and Reedham before opening out into the vast but shallow expanse of Breydon Water near Great Yarmouth. 

River Chet

A small tributary off the River Yare, the River Chet meanders through quiet woodland and still grazing marsh. A detour upstream for about three miles will bring you to the quaint market town of Loddon. With a public staithe for mooring, leave the boat behind for a bit and take time to explore on foot.  

Letheringsett Watermill

Letheringsett's vast 19th century red-brick mill was due to be turned into flats when Mike Thurlow came to the rescue in 1987 and restored the mill to its former glory.  At the time of the Doomsday Book Norfolk had 580 watermills but now Letheringsett is its last working example.  Flour ground at the mill can be bought from the visitors shop, owner Mike says "more and more people are making bread and they want to know what they are eating". 


BeWILDerwood is a huge forest of wild and imaginative adventure park with magical treehouses and characters, bringing a curious difference to the Norfolk Broads. Not only will you be able to find the regular wildlife of sqirrels, rabbits and hedgehogs but also creatures such as Boogles, Twiggles, the Thornyclod Spider and vegetarian Crocklebogs! An accompanying book, A Boogle at BeWILDerwood, gives children the change to follwo inthe footsteps of the lead character Swampy, a 2ft Marsh Boogle with a taste for adventure. BeWILDerwood features fantasy treehouses and aerial walkways through pine, fir, oak, sweet chestnut trees above unspoilt Norfolk Marshland. High in the trees there are also miniature Twiggle villages. Attractions include the Broken Bridge where you have to walk over invisible glass 7 metres above the ground, the Wobbly Wires, a daring zip wire slide, and the Slippery Slopes, not for the faint hearted. Entry to the park is by boat through the marshes, adding to the sense of fantasy and adventure.

Churches Together On The Broads

Churches Together on the Broads is a voluntary association and network of Christians, organisations and churches in and around the Broads National Park who seek to witness to the glory of  God revealed in the natural world and  celebrate the re-creative and spiritual possibilities of this unique wetland.  For a full list of Broads churches and details of services, please click here.





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