Greentraveller Guide to the Broads
As part of our celebration of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the UK, we've published a Greentraveller Guide to the Broads.
This guide is the latest of our online destination platforms for specific protected areas in the UK, including other National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) that are proving popular with holidaymakers looking for that special local touch.
Whether you are planning your first trip to the Broads, or you're an old-timer looking for some new inspiration, this Greentraveller Guide to the Broads will gently steer you in the right direction. You'll find a great selection of places to stay, from pretty red-bricked B&Bs to a 19th-century windmill with its own mooring – a perfect choice if your transport whilst on holiday is of the floating kind. And, given that this is the UK's largest protected wetland, we've thrown in a couple of options for those hankering after a houseboat holiday.
Fortunately for foodies, Norfolk is in the throes of a mini food revolution and we have listed some lovely tearooms, pubs and farmshops where you can treat your tastebuds to all the delicious ingredients that the region has to offer. We've also included things to see and do in the region, from family-friendly adventure playgrounds and steam railways, to galleries, breweries, and gardens. We have, of course, listed some of the most scenic broads, marshes, fens and other natural spaces which make up this beautiful wetland, and have also given details of how to get to and around the Broads by public transport.
Bruce Hanson, Tourism Officer for the Broads, says:
“The Broads Authority is widely known as a pioneer of sustainable tourism, and it works closely with tourism businesses to promote green initiatives.
"Greentraveller has selected some of the top things to do in this guide – plus super places to stay and eat, and it will help you to tread lightly as you enjoy the best of this fantastic place. Then go out and discover lots more on your own!”
Here's a taster of what you'll find in our latest Greentraveller destination guide to the Broads:
Places to stay
Sailing the Broads Drift down the broads on a classic wooden yacht. WIthout any wildlife-disturbing engine noise, you can enjoy the lapping of the water and the twitters and splashes of local wildlife to the full. Hunter's Yard (left) rents out boats by the day, week or longer, or you can take a skippered sail for a taster.
>> See more houseboats in the Broads
Get away from it all at Clippseby Hall A haven for cyclists, walkers, twitchers, beach lovers, and those yearning for a bit of peace and quiet... Clippseby Hall has it all. You can choose from woodland camping pitches or a variety of holiday cottages – from lodges set amongst the pine trees to apartments in the clocktower. The site has its own pub, pool and café so you won't have to leave all week if you don't want to. >> See more cottages and campsites in the Broads
Places to eat
Coffee and cake at The Galley Here is an artists' studio, giftshop, tearoom and deli, all rolled into one! It's a vertiable Aladdin's Cave of treats and trinkets, with homebaked cakes, local works of art, and plenty of Norfolk cheeses and local produce on sale, so pop in for a browse, stop by for a cuppa or stock up on picnic ingredients – whatever takes your fancy.
>> See other cafés and tearooms in the Broads
A fish feast at Bure River Cottage Just down the road from The Galley is this child-friendly fish restaurant, where daily-changing menus are chalked up on the blackboard. With a riverside setting, you can feast on locally-caught bream or skate and watch the friendly ducks paddling past.
>> See more great restaurants in the Broads
Places to visit
Watery views at Horsey Mare A lovely expanse of water with a National Trust windpump – climb up to the top deck for views over the Mere and fens. Afterwards, enjoy tea and cake at the café in the old staithe, or head out for a bracing walk across the fields, stopping off at the Nelson Head pub for some local ale on the return. >> See other natural spaces in the Broads
Old-fashioned family fun at Bewilderwood A make-believe wonderland and overgrown adventure playground for kids and adults alike, Bewilderwood is a series of treehouses, zip wires, jungle bridges and marshy walks through the forest.
>> See more visitor attractions in the Broads
Things to do
Taking in the Broads aboard the Electric Eel Run by the Broads Authority, the Electric Eel cuts silently through the reed-fringed channels, allowing you to spot birds and enjoy the peace and quiet. You can get out to walk to Reedham Water, from where you can watch wildlife from hides. >> See more boat trips in the Broads
Strolling along the Weaver's Way This 60-mile footpath, named after the once important weaving industry which flourished in the area in the Middle Ages, runs from Cromer to Great Yarmouth taking in some of the best and most scenic parts of the Broads.
>> See other walking routes in the Broads
>> For more ideas for things to see and do, see our Greentraveller Guide to the Broads