Holidays in the Norfolk Broads
Natural beauty, abundant wildlife and charming villages await in England’s stunning wetlands
Covering an area greater than three hundred square kilometres in the eastern English counties of Norfolk and -in part - Suffolk, the Norfolk Broads comprise Britain's largest nationally protected wetland reserve and are renowned for the natural beauty of their diverse landscapes.
The perfect destination for anybody who enjoys boating, the Broads (as they are simply referred to) feature a network of lock-free waterways and lakes spanning more than two hundred kilometres. Historically, these waterways date back to medieval times when the land was excavated for its peat. From the twelfth century onward, peat digging in Norfolk was extensive but as sea levels rose in the following two centuries the land became waterlogged and the industry was abandoned in the fourteenth century.
The resultant wetland, a mixture of fens, marshes, water meadows and bogs provided natural habitats for a diversity of plants, animals, birds and insects. Truly a paradise for birdwatchers and nature-lovers, today a number of nature reserves throughout the Broads provide a home to species including voles, Chinese water deer, grey seals, kingfishers, marsh harriers and the UK's largest butterfly; the yellow-and-black Swallowtail.
Whilst the waterways of the Broads provide an escape of unparalleled tranquillity of beauty, the region is dotted with characterful towns and villages each offering its own history and attractions to explore, including medieval buildings, public gardens, windmills, theme parks and scenic railways.