Living on the Broads for 6 months of the year I thought to share my experiences and photography with you. It’s an area of outstanding natural beauty and full of delight! Filled with special wildlife,nature reserves and magical places off of the beaten track…
What Are The Norfolk Broads? – The Norfolk Broads are a series of rivers and broads (lakes), most of which are navigable. The square area of the Norfolk Broads totals 303 kilometres, most of this is in the County of Norfolk, and just over 200 square kilometres of these waterways are navigable, covering seven rivers and 63 Broads. The depth of these waterways is usually less than 4 metres deep. Thirteen of the broads are completely navigable whilst three others have channels open to navigation running through them.
The Broads range from small ponds through the large areas such as Hickling, Barton and Breydon. The majority are located in the northern half of Broadland which encompass the Rivers, Bure, Ant and Thurne. Central and Southern parts of Broadland encompass the Rivers Waveney, Yare and Chet, however all the waterways are tidal but the effect of the tide decreases the further away from the coast until reaches upstream from Barton Broad are almost non tidal. All the Broads are either on or situated adjacent to the rivers.
The Broads have always been a boating destination. This started way back in 1878 when you could hire sail boats from John Loynes or Harry Blake. As rail was the main form of transport, you could travel from London to Norfolk very easily. Today, tourists from all over the world visit the Norfolk Broads to have fantastic holidays on a hire boat or to sample some delicious food from one of the many waterside pubs and restaurants.
The Norfolk Broads have been coined ‘Britain’s Magical Water land’ which represents the mystic beauty of the rivers, with the fun and adventure that the whole family can enjoy whilst on a holiday on the Broads. However, the Broads are not all about staying on a boat. For the family there are many walking and cycling routes that follow the rivers through beautiful countryside and landscapes. The unspoiled villages and market towns give the adults a place to sample local food and good beer.
Will be posting stories about our adventures on the Broads soon. :~} Valz ♥