Norfolk is possibly most renowned for the Broads, a National Park with over 125 miles of navigable waterways in gorgeous countryside and with charming and scenic towns and villages such as Wroxham.
The great skies and sparkling terrain of marshland meadows, feathery reeds, and intertwined woodlands are ideal for adventure and leisure – a moment to reflect, space to explore, and a magical chance to enjoy a fantastic break.
Thurne (near Great Yarmouth) is a small village and beauty spot to the Borough’s northwest on the intersection of the River Thurne and River Bure.
The village sits at the end of a dyke alongside the famous white painted tower Thurne Drainage mill (open days in Summer and National Mills Open Weekend in May). Additionally, the village has some small shops and a pub. Many local paths offer good walks, including “The Weavers Way”. There is a bike hire centre in the next-door village of Clippesby.
Salhouse is a large Broadland village stretched out along the road from Wroxham. The central town is not adjacent to Salhouse Broad, but a half-mile path links the town. The town is well served with a pub and shop. It is a pleasant place to moor and stroll on the nearby green, grassy bank; it is also the only broad with a “sandy” beach.
Situated 8 miles from Norwich and 20 miles from Great Yarmouth and Cromer, Wroxham is perfect for staying and traversing Norfolk. It has grown to be somewhat commercial with the construction of hotels, gift shops and tea rooms. It is a far cry from when the locals would meet the London train at Wroxham station and carry the passengers’ luggage to the boatyards for two pence.
Wroxham is considered the Norfolk Broads capital and has been a destination for holidaymakers since the late 1800s. It is particularly popular with those seeking a boating holiday. Its various boat hires businesses to contribute a wide range of vessel.
There is a good variety of stores in Wroxham. The most prominent one is Roys of Wroxham, probably the largest village store. It offers a massive range of merchandise and an excellent supermarket and is open seven days a week.
One of the leading hubs for Norfolk Broads boating holidays and boat hire, the lovely village of Potter Heigham is an attractive destination for anyone interested in exploring the area. Besides boat hire, the town also has excellent places to eat and drink and many natural and historical attractions. So if you’re visiting for the day or are staying in Potter Heigham for a week or two, you’ll have more than enough to keep you occupied!
Fairhaven Woodland and water garden
The Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden comprise 53 hectares (131 acres) of water gardens, rich ancient woodland, and a private broad at South Walsham in the Norfolk Broads heart. The park was given in trust by the 2nd Lord Fairhaven in 1973 and unrolled to the public in 1975. The garden is famous for its fantastic collection of candelabra primulas – the best-naturalised group in the UK – seen in May. It is also well recognised for its magnificent Autumn Colours in late October and early November. Fairhaven also coordinates events during the year, such as jazz music.
We hope you have found the best spot on the broads for you or why not travel to all 5! We have 2 excellent properties in Ranworth that can be a great introduction for your broads trip.