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