The Norfolk Broads – Britain’s Best Kept Secret?

Hunsett Mill Norfolk

When thinking of the most famous national landmarks, there are a number that spring to mind; perhaps Stonehenge, the London Eye, The Millennium Centre or even The Eden Project. How about the Norfolk Broads? Probably not – and yet this man made wetland is home to some of the most attractive wildlife, some of the rarest plant species and some of the most spectacular countryside views in the UK. Want to learn more – you’ve come to the right place.

The attractions

As I touched on above, The Norfolk Broads is in fact a man-made wetland which consists of over 125 miles of lock-free waterways. Whilst travelling round the broads you’ll find a variety of lakes, fens and marshes which create the perfect habitat for over 250 stunning plant species and a huge variety animals including waterfowls, grass snakes and some extremely large flocks of migratory birds.

Hunsett Mill Norfolk
Hunsett Mill Norfolk | Image source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/

Where to stay

There are many ways to visit the Norfolk Broads, some choose to stay in nearby hotels or Bed and Breakfasts while others choose lakeside self-catering cottages. However, arguably the best way to truly appreciate the surroundings is to hire out a luxury motor-boat and go on a Norfolk Broads Boating Holiday. A boating holiday gives you the freedom to roam the Broads without any boundaries, whilst still offering the comfort and facilities of a nearby cottage.

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Things to Do

If you’re a keen cyclist then The Norfolk Broads is the ideal destination for you – you can simply park your boat at one of the many spots around the waterways and explore the nearby cycle routes. Whether you’re a beginner or a budding Bradley Wiggins there’s something for you, with route ranging from 5 miles all the way up to 50!

Dilham Staithe, The Norfolk Broads
Dilham Staithe, The Norfolk Broads | Image source: http://www.geograph.org.uk/

The City of Norwich

The Norfolk Broads are unlike any national park, they do in fact have a city slap bang in the middle – the Historic town of Norwich. Once known for its towering cathedral and hundreds (and there really were hundreds!) of pubs, Norwich is now amongst some of the top shopping destinations in the UK. It’s also fairly well known for its football club, Norwich City, who, 30 years ago were competing with Alex Ferguson’s Early Manchester United teams for the top spot in the top tier of English Football. Now fighting for promotion in the Championship, Norwich are one of the best supported clubs in the league with Carrow Road filling its 27,000 capacity stadium week in, week out.

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The Tranquility

Despite all of this, what the majority of the Norfolk Broads holiday goers love most is the tranquility that it has to offer, and the friendly nature of the locals and fellow boating fanatics. Many choose to spend their time on the Broads lapping up the sunshine of the summer months by relaxing with picnic and an ice cold beverage whilst listening to the water gently brush the banks. The Norfolk Broads – Britain’s best kept secret, I’ll let you be the judge of that!

Author Bio

This article has been written by Jason Scott, a keen travel blogger. Jason endeavors to share his holiday experiences by writing for a number of travel blogs and news sites. He’ll be releasing his very own blog very soon so stay tuned for that!

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