Discover & Explore The Norfolk Broads
Norfolk is probably most famous for the Norfolk Broads National Park – a combination of 125 miles of waterways set in beautiful countryside with charming and picturesque towns and villages.
It is a landscape of big skies, windmills, wildlife and utter tranquillity – a great escape from the bustle of daily life. Being the combined driest and sunniest county in the UK, it is also a popular year-round destination for visitors. With so much to see we thought we would select a few special and unusual places for you to enjoy.
– HOW HILL NATURE RESERVE
This is the very essence of the Broads with the River Ant flowing through reed beds, grazing marshes and its very own broad – all full of wildlife for you to discover. There is also Toad Hole Cottage – a quaint, tiny eel-catcher’s cottage to give you a glimpse of life on the marshes in Victorian times – as well as a Wildlife walking trail, Electric boat trips, Secret Gardens and Tea Rooms.
– RAF RADAR DEFENCE MUSEUM
The award winning Wroxham Barns has something for everyone with craft workshops, restaurant, Shop, children’s Junior farm, mini funfair, 18 hole mini adventure golf course and lots of hands on activities. Feed and groom the animals or design your own pottery or sand art or just shop for unusual gifts. One of the most popular attractions in Norfolk – and just a good walk from our cottages.
– THE HOVETON CIRCULAR CYCLE ROUTE
A great way to enjoy the rural beauty of the countryside and the fresh Norfolk air while having a cycle around quiet country lanes. This also goes past places you wouldn’t normally expect to find such as Barton Broad, the RAF Radar Defence Museum and Hoveton Hall Gardens. There are several places on route for refreshments too and you can even hire bikes at Broadland Cycle Hire or try the new self service bikes in Wroxham by the Broads Authority Visitor centre.
– RANWORTH BROAD
Ranworth is tucked away off the beaten track but is an excellent place to visit. The Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre floats on water and is at the end of a safe boardwalk through woodland and reedbed habitats. Climb into the top and use the binoculars to spot wildfowl in abundance. There are also boat trips, a staithe, tea rooms and pubs. Take a short walk to “The Cathedral of the Broads” and climb the winding staircase in the 100ft bell tower of St. Helen’s church to find stunning views over a panoramic vista of water and countryside.
– MUSEUM OF THE BROADS & OLD FIRE STATION
Two fascinating places to visit for something completely different. The family friendly Museum of the Broads gives an insight into the creation of the man-made Broads with artefacts, trips on a steam boat, trails and room for picnics. Further on in Stalham, the tiny Old Fire Station is free to enter and is packed full of memorabilia, an old pump and a horse drawn fire engine.
– WOODFORDE’S BREWERY
Norfolk is renowned for its great food & drink and here you can get an insight into how beer is brewed on a really interesting tour. Recognised as one of the best cask-ale breweries in the UK with award winning beers – there is also a shop and pub on site to enjoy the different beers you have seen being made on your tour.
The big skies and sparkling landscape of marshland fields, feathery reeds and tangled woodlands are a perfect canvas for adventure and relaxation – time to reflect, space to explore, a magical opportunity to enjoy a fabulous break.
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