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Explore England’s most wildlife-rich national park — the Broads

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Explore England’s most wildlife-rich national park — the Broads

Hiking Collection by komoot

7

Tours

25:45 h

63.2 mi

650 ft

The Broads National Park is home to the largest wetland landscape in Britain. A wildlife haven that boosts gentle streams, serene lakes, lonely marshes, golden coastline, big skies and endless horizons, there is nowhere else quite like it.

Home to some of the UK's rarest birds and insects, the Broads truly is a nature enthusiast’s dream. However, the picturesque landscape is as rich in heritage as it is with rare wildlife; ancient churches, mills and farmsteads, Roman remains, lighthouses and more dot the patchwork landscape.

Whilst you might be forgiven for thinking this wildlife-rich national park was created by nature, it was, in a large part, formed by ancient human activity. Crofters harvesting peat in the Middle Ages dug deep channels into the landscape. After a series of devastating floods in the 12th and 13th centuries, the crofters abandoned their peat mines, which had filled with water, leaving them to become the sanctuaries for wildlife they are today.

This Collection introduces you to the many sides of this wonderful national park. In these routes you visit Horsey Mere, one of the most beautiful broads that offers a habitat of international importance for birds; Hickling Broad, the largest of its kind and a year-round haven for wildlife; and Martham Broad, a serene and beautiful place.

You also explore Horsey Beach, where seals come to breed every winter; Burgh Castle, the best-preserved Roman monument in the region; the wildlife-rich, golden sand dunes of Winterton Beach; Saint Benet's Abbey, which is as iconic in 2019 as it was when built in 1019; and Horsey Windpump, which has recently reopened after many years of closure. Plus lots more.

A great place to stay when visiting the Broads is Acle. Known as the ‘gateway to the Broads’, the small market town has plenty of cafes, restaurants and pubs, as well as many accommodation options. Acle has its own train station that operates regular services from Norwich, which in turn has direct connections to major UK cities. There are decent bus services around the national park, too.

For information about the Broads National Park, visit: visitthebroads.co.uk.
For information about public transport around the Broads, visit: essentialtravelguide.com/regional-guides/east-england/norfolk-broads-travel-guide/norfolk-broads-travel-transport.
For train tickets and timetables, visit: thetrainline.com.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    03:48
    9.35 mi
    2.5 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The largest of all the Broads, Hickling is an untouched wild expanse that is home to myriad species of rare bird and Britain's largest butterfly, the swallowtail.

    On this delightful …

  • Intermediate
    04:27
    10.9 mi
    2.5 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This route takes you from one of the most isolated parts of the Broads, along the mud flats of the River Yare, to the bustling seaside town of Great Yarmouth. …

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  • Difficult
    05:23
    13.3 mi
    2.5 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This challenging hike showcases the timeless landscape of the Norfolk Broads at its very best.

    Exploring lonely marshes, patchwork fields, serene fens, sleepy villages, and gentle rivers and dykes, expect …

  • Intermediate
    04:48
    11.7 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This lovely loop around the villages of West Somerton and Winterton-on-Sea showcases the diverse landscape of the Broads.

    On this mid-length, but super-flat, hike you will stroll along sand dunes …

  • Easy
    01:46
    4.36 mi
    2.5 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This easy-going loop is packed full of interest. With so much wildlife, picturesque scenery and heritage to experience, it feels like this hike should take an entire day—not a leisurely …

  • Intermediate
    03:23
    8.30 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Broads is one of England’s best wilderness areas. However, it may surprise you to learn that its origins lie in human activity.

    The area this route explores was carved-out …

  • Intermediate
    02:10
    5.31 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This leisurely hike affords a true flavor of the Broads: gentle streams, dykes and rivers criss-crossing the perfectly-flat patchwork landscape.

    You begin from the market town of Acle. The town’s …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    63.2 mi
  • Duration
    25:45 h
  • Elevation
    650 ft
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Explore England’s most wildlife-rich national park — the Broads