Self-Catering on the Norfolk Broads

Self-Catering on the Norfolk Broads

Norfolk is renowned for is Broads and if you’re hoping to visit, Boundary Stables has self-catering accommodation nearby (a great alternative to staying on a boat!). The Norfolk broads are a unique network of reed-fringed waterways – broads (lakes) and rivers that have remained a popular boating destination since the late 19th century.

If you are looking to hire a boat for the day, Wroxham, Potter Heigham, Stalham Staithe, Horning, Martham and Beccles all have boats for day hire but booking is advisable, especially during the busy summer season. Stalham Staithe is closest to Boundary Stables, only 4.1 miles away, where you can hire diesel or quiet electric powered boats from Moonfleet Marine charged at hourly rates. Stalham Staithe is also home to the Museum of the Broads, so you can find out more about the history of the area and even have a river trip on ‘Falcon,’ the Victorian Steam Launch.

Explore the broads in a canoe, giving you a different perspective and a better chance of seeing wildlife such as kingfishers, otters, herons and warblers. You can launch your own canoes at Wroxham, accessible from the back of Roys long-stay car-park, or there are places to hire in the town.

How about a trip on a Mississippi paddleboat to see the broads? The Southern Comfort is a wheelchair accessible, double-deck river cruiser that offers tours along the River Bure to Ranworth Broad and back, leaving from the picturesque village of Horning.

The Norfolk Broads are Britain’s largest nationally protected wetland; the RSPB owned Strumpshaw Fen Nature Reserve in the Yare Valley, is home to a vast variety of wildlife and in the winter months migratory water fowl too. There are several footpaths and boardwalks taking you through reed beds, woodland and that lead to hides. If you are very lucky you may be able to spot or hear a Bittern ‘booming.’ On several occasions we’ve seen a group of otters at the back of the reserve by the river.

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