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Norfolk Broads

Formed in the Middle Ages when peat was dug for fuel, the Norfolk Broads is the UK's largest nationally protected wetland, as its rivers, lakes, and marshes offer a unique habitat for myriad plants and animals.

For many centuries the rivers were vital trading passages, as cargo was carried via the Broads from inland communities to the coast and back again. These days, the Norfolk Broads offer a wonderful destination for a holiday or short break, especially for the energetic amongst you, as the activities available here include canoeing, cycling, fishing, bird watching and walking.

However, with 125 miles of lock-free tidal rivers, the best way to explore the Broads is by boat and that’s probably why there is an array of sailing boats, canoes, motor cruisers and electric boats available to hire at various locations along the rivers.

The Broads are also a great place for nature lovers, as they are home to a huge variety of wildlife, plants and insects, including ducks, butterflies, dragonflies, damselflies, woodpeckers and swans.

It’s also worth paying a visit to the many inviting towns and villages around the Norfolk Broads, such as Bramerton [map] with its picturesque riverside pub and woodland, Brundall [map] with its water sports and the market town of Loddon with its impressive 500-year-old church.

So whether you want to explore old buildings, museums and mills, set sail along historic rivers, or catch a glimpse of rare birds and wildlife, you can do it all at Norfolk Broads.

For more information on activities, special events and accommodation at Norfolk Broads, telephone the Hoveton/Wroxham tourist information centre on 01603 782281 or log on to www.broads-authority.gov.uk.

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