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How To Spend a Week In The Norfolk Broads

How To Spend a Week In The Norfolk Broads

As staycations remain popular due to the current cost of living crisis, which is pricing many out of international travel, the Norfolk Broads is gaining popularity as a domestic travel destination.  

The Broads is a network of 125 miles of man-made waterways that’s now a protected national park. This area blends natural beauty, rich wildlife and heritage, and there are plenty of things to do whether you want to be active or explore at a leisurely pace. 

Discover the best way to spend a week in the Norfolk Broads and how to prepare for the trip.  

Prepare for the journey

Ensure a smooth start to the holiday by properly preparing for the journey.

Begin by choosing your transport and plotting your route. Despite their remote location, the Broads are easily accessible across the UK, so reaching the region should be simple.

If you’re driving, check that your car is in good condition before setting out. Top up your oil and coolant and fill up on fuel. Review your tyres too, looking at the tread depth and for any signs of damage. Whether you’re coming from the north, south or west, tyre fitters in Cambridge are a convenient option for mid-journey replacements.

Pack carefully, considering the activities you have planned and the weather you can expect. Essentials include protective clothing, sturdy shoes, SPF and a first-aid kit. Don’t forget entertainment for the journey too, especially if you’re travelling with children!

Top 3 things to do in the Norfolk Broads

1. Explore the waterways

    The Broads are best experienced from the water. Rent a boat to explore the serene waterways at your own pace: choose from cruisers, sailboats and kayaks. Ensure you follow the guidelines for navigating the Broads which include byelaws and speed limits. 

    Popular spots along the shore include Wroxham, ‘the Capital of the Broads’, and the tranquil village of Horning. Along the way, look out for wildlife including otters, kingfishers and butterflies. Binoculars are recommended so you can spot birds in the distant trees.

    Photo by Vicky Sim on Unsplash

    2. Visit historic attractions

      There is a wealth of historic attractions within the boundary of the national park. Most are found in Norwich, the county’s capital, with highlights including St. Benet’s Abbey, medieval castle and spectacular cathedral. Near Aylsham is the magnificent Jacobean mansion Blickling Hall with beautiful gardens. 

      The museum in Stalham gives an in-depth insight into the heritage of this area, from its medieval origins and Victorian transformation to the present day.

      Photo by Steven Winter on Unsplash

      3. Enjoy outdoor adventures

      Celebrate good weather by enjoying outdoor adventures on the numerous walking and cycling trails through the Broads. There are various options to suit all ages and fitness levels.

      Most routes are relatively flat so you can meander easily and enjoy the scenery rather than struggle. Walk alongside the waterways, roam the marshlands, hike up hills or tackle one of the long-distance paths which lead out to the coast on foot or by bike.

      Top photo by Chris Spalton on Unsplash