The Broads

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 Brograve Windmill on the Broads, Norfolk  (Helen Hotson/Shutterstock)

Brograve Windmill on the Broads, Norfolk (Helen Hotson/Shutterstock)

Looking for some Great British adventure inspiration? You're in the right place. Here you'll get an independent, ad-free lowdown on Britain's top 50 adventure locations - the online yin to the paper yang of our Joyously Busy Great British Adventure Map.

Why Go To The Broads?

 

The Broads aren't just in Norfolk (they're partly in Suffolk too), and they're not a natural phenomenon (mandmade in the 12th century), so even if you never go, now you know. Just some of things you can do on the Broads that you can't do anywhere else..

  • Enjoy a laid-back float around 120 miles of shallow rivers and broads (lakes)
  • Avoid hills (not unique to the Broads - see also the Fens)
  • Get those binoculars out and gawp at Britain's largest protected wetland, and home to over a quarter of Britain’s rarest wildlife

Want to find out more? Read on for great photos, articles, videos, top tips and other content to fire up your adventure appetite. Got a question? Ask away.


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Mellow pootling! A series of rivers and broads (lakes), most of which (120 miles in total) are navigable. Almost all are less than 4m deep. Britain's largest protected wetland, and home to over a quarter of Britain’s rarest wildlife, the Broads are not a natural phenomenon, but the result of 12th century peat diggings that became flooded. So now you know. Highest point: How Hill (12m). Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Shishapangma.

 The River Bure, Norfolk  (Richard Bowden/Shutterstock)

The River Bure, Norfolk (Richard Bowden/Shutterstock)

The essential journey on the Broads? Well, if we're going to get properly into the laid-back spirit of things, then perhaps it should be drifting aimlessly on the water until you run out of food or booze? You decide.

You either get Norfolk, with its wild roughness and uncultivated oddities, or you don’t… It doesn’t ask to be loved.
— Stephen Fry

OK, OK, it's another promo video, but... 

Do the Broads actually go as far as the coast? Yes, they do, specifically at one place, which means you might get to see...

 

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Getting To The Broads, Maps & Guides

Getting there: 2.5 hrs by car from London, same by train.

Travel times from where you are: See the Broads on Google Maps.

Maps: Find the right Ordnance Survey maps and / or get a month's free subscription to their excellent OS Maps app.

Guidebooks: Rough Guide to Norfolk & Suffolk.

Walking route guidance: Walk if you like, but we're taking the boat.

Tourist board: The Broads national park site.


More Broads Adventure Inspiration

    Sailing on the Broads, Norfolk  (Laurence Gough/Shutterstock)

 

Sailing on the Broads, Norfolk (Laurence Gough/Shutterstock)

For starters, have a look at the Ordnance Survey's GetOutside blog page on the Broads. The Royal Geographical Society's Discovering Britain page on the Broads is also well worth a read. The BBC's excellent Ramblings podcast has visited loads of great places in Britain, including the Broads in this episode.

And a moody, artful shot to finish with: Turf Fen Drainage Mill at How Hill...

 

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What Next?

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