komoot planned a hike.
April 4, 2019
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 route, expect to see the fantastic displays of nature that Norfolk is renowned for at any time of the year. However, during the summer months the landscape is especially alive with bird, insect and plant life.
From the village of Ludham, follow sleepy lanes north, then east, until you reach the fresh waters and wildlife-rich rush marshes of Hickling Broad. The trail then follows the edge of Hickling Broad and Heigham Sound for around two miles (three kilometers).
The section beside these two expanses of water will be a real treat of wildlife enthusiasts. Amid picturesque scenery, expect to spot birds including cranes, goldeneyes, shovelers, teals, bitterns, marsh harriers, pochards, water rails and warblers, as well as rare insects like Emperor dragonflies and swallowtail butterfly.
When you reach the end of Heigham Sound, take a sharp right on the public footpath and follow farm tracks and lanes west, through the sleepy village of Potter Heigham, back to Ludham.
April 5, 2019