Scenery is made perfect by waterways, enjoy a self catering break in the Norfolk Broads

Wroxham and the Norfolk Broads

Norfolk Broads for country breaks  

The area of Wroxham is the most popular tourist spot in Norfolk and consists of two villages - Wroxham and Hoveton. The River Bure flowing between them separates the villages, and a bridge, built in the 17th Century, which is still standing, links them. Wroxham is also noted as being the 'Capital of the Norfolk Broads' and is the ideal place to stay with various canal bank properties and delightful, rural cottages to rent for the duration of your break.

Wroxham, rose to prominence as an attractive tourist resort, back in the Victorian times, and even in 2012 the city has remained unchanged clinging to much of its historic elegance and charm from the Victorian era as well as still being on of the largest centres of boating on the Norfolk Broads.

If you would like to explore Wroxham and the all the accessible areas by boat through the waterways, it is straightforward to rent a boat either for a short or long length of time if you are going to be touring the location for more than a few days - all located within ten to fifteen minutes walk from your cottage.

If you were visiting the Broads for the first time, then I would advise to venture for a short boat trip, across the river that will introduce you to Wroxham Broad, where it is possible to see the usual Norfolk yachts racing. On a sunny day, the Wroxham lake and river views from a boat are highly spectacular and far more fetching than those you get in Nice or Bermuda, or Hawaii. The best part is that it's on your exact doorstep, and there is less travel involved, plus may not be highly overpriced.

Windmills for draining the fens

Windmills are dotted all over the Norfolk Broads area and add much to its character. These were used for drainage of the low lying fens.

There are extensive reed beds along the Norfolk Broads that provide shelter for waders.

fabulous sunsets over the reed beds on the Norfolk Broads

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Country Breaks in the Norfolk Broads and Waterways

drainage mill of the Norfolk Broads

Discover the Broads on foot or by boat

Pleasure cruising is a popular pastime on the waterways of the Norfolk Broads. There are plenty of boats to hire for periods of one day upwards and allow people to fully appreciate the landscape and wildlife of the area.

It is also possible to rent a cottage or self-catering apartment as a base to explore the area on foot.

The Norfolk Broads are close to the coast and Norfolk's beaches.

You only have to drive out for 15 minutes to arrive at the sandy Norfolk beaches, or you can enjoy the many shopping delights and tourist attractions offered by Norfolk's historic city of Norwich. Although much smaller than London, it does have few large stores that sell products specific to the area, as well many curios, boutiques, art-galleries, cafes and eateries. As there is such a vast range of activities to select from, I am going to highlight two in terms of being brave and, or a relaxed one:

Canoe hire and cycle hire

It is easy to rent canoes and cycles to explore the Norfolk Broads area. The most powerful way to experience the thrill of this holiday is to explore it by canoe, and trawl along the local rivers if you know what you are doing, or select one of the canoe trails in order to experience the exceptional beauty of different areas of the Broads along with the benefit of an experienced tour guide to enabling an exhilarating experience. If you are not an expert canoeist or kayaking enthusiast then only choose the tours that run by highly trained and experienced guides, and whatever you do choose a reputable company. This will ensure that you have all the waterproof gear you need to avoid any mishaps along the way.

Mendham Mill near Harleston offers guests canoes and a rowing boat for use on the water during their holiday.

Touring by Railway

The Bure Valley Railway runs an 18 mile round trip through some some superb countryside views, and it is as varied, captivating and engaging, enabling you to get an overview of some of the scenic delights of the Broads.

If you are a budding photographer then bring along your camera to capture some images for your photo-album. This line runs the distance between the archaic market town of Aylsham and Wroxham, with stops at Brampton, Buxton and Coltishall, and tourists can jump on and off at any station and make the most of what is offered on this journey. Most people would agree that it is a very easy and pleasant way of enjoying the Broads scenery.

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Norfolk is an easily navigated county by car

Norfolk in that north eastern corner of East Anglia is easily navigated by car. It is a small county with much to offer. The prized beaches of its north coast such as Hunstanton and Wells-next-the-Sea attract plenty of summer visitors. The coastal resorts of Cromer and Sheringham are well known. These are small unspoiled resorts, perfect for family holidays. The large seaside resort of Great Yarmouth with an impressive wide and long sandy beach is awinner for family breaks on the east coast.

The countryside inland is mainly farmland, fairly flat and ideal for cycling. There is a network of cycle paths and trails across the county. Thetford Forest is a lovely outdoor recreation area with cycle hire, picnic areas, aerial adventures and a visitor centre - a complete day out in itself.

There are nature reserves and superb sites for birdwatching. All in all, Norfolk is an excellent country cottage break destination. The wild flowers bloom prolifically, especially during spring, there are lovely traditional villages with a green and many market towns for good lunches and shopping.


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