Broadland and the Broads: An Area Worth Escaping To

5e2280348c208176fd4c37e3826dd593With all that Norfolk offers—and that’s a lot—the county is probably best known for The Broads. This national park boasts more than 120 miles of navigable waterways and is 117 square miles in size. It features an amazing complex of rivers, lakes, meres and dykes and covers an area in Suffolk as well as Norfolk.

A lure for tourists, this enchanting place is also a mecca for photographers and artists, who are drawn to its natural beauty and picturesque windmills. Although the Broads are inland and hence freshwater, a scent of the nearby sea can often be caught.

Norwich, which lies in the west of the Norfolk Broads, is unique in being the only English city within a national park. Discover Norwich elsewhere on this website.

Natural History

You’ll find no better place in England for seeing indigenous wildlife than the Norfolk Broads. The area is a haven for bitterns, kingfishers, marsh harriers, owls, cranes, rare swallowtail butterflies and many types of uncommon flora. It’s a popular fishing spot, too, being home to most types of freshwater fish. At nighttime, an absence of light pollution allows a wonderful view of the stars, weather permitting of course.


Known as the capital of the Norfolk Broads, Wroxham has much to offer to its visitors. You can hire various types of boat here or let someone else do the work and take a river tour. Among its other attractions is the Bure Valley Steam Railway, Hoveton Hall Gardens, a riverside park and a craft centre. A plentiful supply of shops and restaurants ensures there is always something to do. Anyone considering a Norfolk boating holiday would do well to consider Wroxham as a base.

Walking and Cycling

With its tranquil lanes and gently rolling countryside, the Norfolk Broads represent a great destination for cyclists and ramblers. A bit of online research will turn up an assortment of stimulating routes in all areas of this stunning national park.