If you fancy travelling inland away from the coast, then you will soon find the Norfolk Broads, a series of seven rivers and sixty three Broads (lakes) most of which are navigable. Now called Britain’s Magical Waterland, you can spend many happy hours exploring the area, both on foot and by boat.
To get an idea of what the Broads can offer you during your holiday in Norfolk, here’s a lovely video.
There are numerous companies where you can hire a day boat and experience the fun of boating for yourself. Take yourself to Wroxham, hire a boat, but whilst there you can do a little shopping at famous Roys and enjoy a meal by the river in one of the pubs or cafes. Go the Norfolk Broads page for all the places on the Broads where you can hire a day boat.
Alternatively, try a boat trip with one of the many chartered passenger day boats. The most famous of all is the Mississippi Paddle Boat, the Southern Comfort , based in Horning. Round trips of up to two hours long, are run from March to November. Check their website for sail times and ring in advance in case they’re full! Read their Trip Advisor reviews here.
For the more adventurous amongst you, how about a guided canoe trail, with The Canoe Man? Get away from the main rivers into the areas of the Broads that are inaccessible by motor boat. Paddle down miles of quiet, undisturbed tributaries and see some of the Broads best kept secrets – the Kingfishers, Bitterns and even the elusive Otter. Alternatively hire your own canoe and go exploring on your own!
Check the days out page on the Norfolk Broads site for some ideas based around some of the villages within the Broads. For more detail on all the towns and villages, go to the map at the bottom of this page.
For a helpful little app on your phone, click this image to read and download The Norfolk Broads app on iphone and ipad.