Picture this; you are on a luxury cruiser navigating along The Broads whilst discovering untouched fishing spots and admiring wildlife up-close along the way. When the air is fresh and the water is sparkling in the sun, a boating holiday on the Norfolk Broads is an experience like no other. As if that’s not enough reason to want to get away to explore what Norfolk has to offer, we give you three more reasons why you’ll want to go on a boating holiday in the Norfolk Boards.
Soak up the local history
Despite being a relatively uncrowded county of peaceful countryside and beautiful coastlines, there is plenty of things to do in Norfolk. Norfolk is steeped in history just waiting to be discovered and travelling the Broads is the perfect way to explore it. The 125-miles of lock-free waterways are set against beautiful historic towns which are just waiting to be visited. Norwich, the country town of Norfolk, boasts charming buildings, not least the stunning cathedral, historic castle and 32 churches, making it a fantastic place to dive straight into Norfolk’s rich history.
Outside of Norwich, visit Victorian Cromer and the seaside town of Hunstanton whilst travelling a coastline that has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. King’s Lynn is rich in history, with it once being an important port in the Middle Ages. Just three-miles south of Norwich stands the Roman town of Venta Icenorum where you can enjoy the popular Boudica Way, walking from Diss to Norwich via Venta Icenorum.
Enjoy the local delicacies
Norfolk is packed full of local delicacies for visitors to sample. Of course, with its location near the coast it’s natural that lots of seafood would be top of the list of foods to try when exploring The Broads. Two of the most famous dishes to try are Brancaster mussels and Cromer crab, but brown shrimp, rock oysters and Longshore herring and cod are not to be missed.
Game and cheese are also local specialities and for the best of the best, the Broads Quality Charter brings the quality that many local pubs and restaurants in the area will boast about using. To wash it all down, visit Woodforde’s Brewery where you can experience some of Norfolk’s finest ales. Take the brewery tour to witness the brewing process in front of your eyes and taste an array of award-winning beers along the way.
Norfolk’s famously flat coastline makes cruising the river a relaxing boating holiday and whilst it’s easy to hop on and off your boat to explore the many villages and towns along the way, perhaps you’re looking for an activity that will get the blood pumping too. Luckily for you, The Broads offer many stop-offs with plenty of outdoor activities and water sports to get stuck into.
Whitlingham Country Park is just that. Just outside of Norwich, this large waterfront park is great for walking, cycling and picnicking as well as offering a full range of water-based activities, including sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and canoeing – all of which are available with training for the novices amongst us. For those on the southern coast, Oulton Broad is just a mile west of Lowestoft and offers year-round water sports, riverside eateries and fishing spots – the ideal place to spend a day (or more) on the Suffolk Coast.