Hotels in Norfolk Broads
The Norfolk Broads are a network of mostly navigable rivers and lakes that straddle the border of Norfolk and Suffolk, in eastern England. With close proximity to a protected area of over 100 miles², Norfolk Broads hotels offer visitors a chance to see some of the most breathtaking natural beauty in the whole of the UK.
Sailing the Broads
The Broads being mostly water, the best way to get around is by boat. There are many boat operators that offer guided tours by local experts. But the most fun option is to rent your own vessel and go it alone.
Richardson's Boating Holidays, in Stalham, has boats to suit most parties, and budgets. These range from simple two-man cruisers to six-bedroom luxury yachts, if you're planning on exploring the Broads in style.
National Park and Conservation Area
In 2015, after much campaigning, the Broads were officially given National Park status, to recognise the need to protect them from development. Since they are now the UK's largest nationally protected wetland, the Broads are an extremely important area for wildlife.
If you are interested in birds, Strumpshaw Fen RSPB Reserve, in the Yare Valley is a must-visit. The reserve is an important breeding ground for waterfowl and raptors. Those with a keen eye might be able to spot a Bittern. This rare and beautiful bird can be found all-year round in the Broad's reed beds.
‘Capital of the Broads'
Even if you do not make it up to the Yare Valley, there are several important conservation areas in the Broads that are all worth a visit. The biggest of these is Bure Marshes, which is an oasis of tranquility and most people's starting point as they delve deeper into the area.
On the northern tip of Bure are two villages that both lay claim to the title, ‘Capital of the Broads'. Wroxham and Hoveton are both now basically one town and each is as exceedingly lovely as the other.
In Wroxham, make sure you visit the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, a 12th-century architectural masterpiece. In Hoveton, the deceptively named, Roys of Wroxham, has been dubbed the ‘world's largest village store' and includes a department store perfect for picking up supplies for the adventure ahead.
Food and Drink
After a day of navigating the Broad's narrow waterways, you'll no doubt be feeling peckish. Bouchon Wine Bar, in Hoveton, is an extremely popular French wine bar, which serves exquisite food and offers over 100 different wines by the bottle and the glass.
Of course, what the Broads are known for are its many cosy pubs tucked among the fens. For a family friendly meal, head to the Ferry Inn in Stokesby, where you can moor your boat and enjoy everything this classic riverside pub has to offer.
The Bridge Inn, in Acle, is where to go for proper pub food cooked to a very high standard. This pub also has an entertainment area with darts and pool, if you need a break from the great outdoors.
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