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Explore England’s Watery Wilderness in the Norfolk Broads

The Norfolk Broads occupies an iconic place in the English landscape. Consisting of a massive network of tidal rivers and channels, along with canals, it is synonymous with messing around in boats.

When it comes to enjoying watery holidays, Britain really is a great country to live in. Miles of marvellous coastline provide thousands of people with great opportunities to sail, windsurf and canoe, while there are also plenty of lakes for those who live further inland.

Chilled Out Sailing

Perhaps the most famous location in England when it comes to enjoying yourself in boats is the Norfolk Broads. This vast East Anglian system of waterways is perfect for beginners and experienced boat handlers alike. Many of the waters are shallow and the tides are not difficult to manage. The kind of boating holidays Norfolk Broads trips can offer are relaxed and about using the boat to have a good time rather than to work through great maritime challenges.

The watercourses are also lock-free, making navigating through them a lot less hassle. There is also a great deal of convenience in taking this kind of boat trip too, as all the watercourses you will encounter are never far from the comforts of civilisation. You will normally be within walking distance from a village or hamlet and the countryside away from the waters is green and pleasant. It is always straightforward to moor up and there are plenty of convenient mooring points, so it is unlikely that you will ever get lost.

Away from the Waters

The Broads have more to offer than simply travelling on boats. The area has a unique environment that is home to many iconic species of British wildlife, such as the Hen Harrier and the Bittern. Kingfishers dart among the banks and species of butterfly, including the Swallowtail, seen nowhere else in Britain, add colour. Dragonflies hover among reeds like the vibrant ambassadors of an alien civilisation. Large flocks of ducks and geese like to spend the winter here and great numbers can be seen at certain times of year.

Away from the water, visitors are never far away from charming villages and, perhaps more importantly, some great rural pubs. Some of the produce from the local area is fantastic, with Norfolk one of England’s most fertile agricultural regions. Whether you want to relax as the boat drifts past dragonflies and kingfishers, or to spend your evenings in great country pubs living it up, the Norfolk Broads can provide you with the perfect holiday.


James Woodward grew up on England’s east coast, close to Skegness in Lincolnshire and has spent most of his life exploring the wider region. The Norfolk Broads remains close to his heart, as it was where he met his wife and he returns as often as possible, enjoying the magical boating holidays Norfolk Broads trips can offer. A travel writer by trade, his work can be seen across the internet on a range of websites and blogs.

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