NORFOLK & SUFFOLK BROADS
East Anglia Map Ref: E2, F2, F3
The Broads is a linked network of navigable rivers and lakes (the broads) covering an area of about 200 square miles - East/West from Norwich to Gt Yarmouth and North/South from Smallburgh to Lowestoft.|
It is also Britain's only wetland national park.
The rivers, the Ant, Bure, Thurne, Waveney & Yare, are surrounded by flat marsh areas that once formed a giant estuary out to the North Sea. In medieval times areas close to the rivers were dug out for their peat. Over the years the disused peat digging flooded to form the broads. Later, cuts were made to join the broads to the river system.
The Broads today are a mecca for those wanting holidays afloat, be it on cruisers, yachts, wherries or just a day trip on one of the large tour boats or by themselves on a small day boat.
The area is also a haven for wildlife. There are several species unique to the area.
There are few towns in the Broads area, but there are several villages for you to stock up on provisions and souvenirs, & many a river-side pub to call at for a meal or drink..
The Broads are unique in that there are no locks to hamper your travels, but there are one or two bridges where you may need help or have to wait for low tide to get under!.
Broads Web Links:
Norfolk Wherry Trust
Museum of the Broads
Norfolk Broads Direct
Blakes Boating Holidays
Tourist Information Centres:
(Open Easter to October)
Broads Authority Information Centre, Station Road, Hoveton, NR12 8UR
Phone 01603 782281
The Staithe, Bridge Street, Potter Heigham, NR29 5JD
Phone 01692 670779
Broads Authority Information Centre, The Staithe, Ranworth
Phone 01603 270453
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Photographs Copyright © Ken Ward 2004 (unless otherwise stated)
Last Updated: 11 November 2004
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