• John Oyston

Norfolk Broads Boating Holidays

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The Norfolk Broads is a network of rivers and lakes (or Broads) is not, in Eastern Norfolk and Southern Suffolk. The labyrinth of 125 miles of navigable waterways provides hosts of possibilities for visitors, on both land and water. Boating holidays are a popular way to explore the peaceful Norfolk countryside.


Hire a Boat for a Week’s Holiday Spend a week exploring the Broads by sailing from village to village. Moor overnight and enjoy the hospitality of the village pub or visit the historic local church before moving on. Enjoy the sight of wildlife in nature reserves that are inaccessible by road. For those with less time boats can be hired by the day or take a guided short trip from Wroxham or Horning. There are numerous opportunities for water sports including sailing, canoeing, kayaking and windsurfing.


Windmill Photo Delaina Haslam under a Creative Commons License
Windmill Photo Delaina Haslam under a Creative Commons License

There is also plenty to do on dry land. The Broads lie between the historic city of Norwich and the seaside resort of Great Yarmouth, both places have a wide range of attractions for all the family. Norfolk is a county packed with things to do from steam railways to historic gardens and from zoos to the Queen’s Sandringham Home, there is something for everyone and most of it can be reached in an hour’s drive from the Broads.


Excellent Facilities for Walkers and Cyclists Activity holidays, such as walking and cycling are popular in the Broads. The flat Norfolk countryside has a host of peaceful country lanes, footpaths and nature trails that can be explored. Enjoy scenic views of Norfolk’s village churches and windmills.


Norfolk Broads Photo Delaina Haslam under a Creative Commons License
Norfolk Broads Photo Delaina Haslam under a Creative Commons License

There is a wide range of accommodation on offer including boats, self-catering accommodation, holiday parks, campsites, hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfasts.

Somewhere to eat out is never far away. A hired boat has full cooking and kitchen facilities but there are a host of country pubs, traditional tea rooms and elegant restaurants for when the idea of cooking gets too much.


The relatively flat landscape makes The Norfolk Broads an ideal holiday choice for families with pushchairs or visitors with mobility difficulties. Many attractions cater for disabled visitors but it is best to confirm this before going.


Getting to the Norfolk Broads

By car


From London and the South take either the A11 or A140 towards Norwich or the A12 toward Great Yarmouth.


From Birmingham and the North take the A47 towards Norwich or Great Yarmouth


By Rail


Regular train services run to Norwich from London, Ipswich, Birmingham, Peterborough, Sheffield , Manchester and Liverpool. Connections at Norwich serve the Broads with the Sheringham line serving Hoveton & Wroxham and Great Yarmouth services calling at Acle.


For more information Visit Norfolk or 100 Days Out in East Anglia

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