The Norfolk Broads
Explore the Broads ….
The Norfolk Broads are a unique mixture of man made expanses of water connected by meandering rivers and dykes throughout much of Norfolk and into Suffolk. The 125 miles of East Anglian wetlands are all about windmills and wildlife reserves with pretty towns and villages just waiting to be explored.
Originally thought to have been formed naturally, it wasn’t until the early 1960’s that research conclusively proved that the Broads themselves were the result of medieval man digging for peat to fuel their fires. These peat diggings later flooded to form the beautiful Broadland landscape we have today.
This is the Venice of the East – in fact, the Norfolk Broads has more miles of waterway than the Italian city! It also has more waterways than Amsterdam!
Horning, it is often said is the prettiest of the Norfolk Broads villages, just 5 minutes in the car from Wroxham. This is a lovely place to enjoy a drink in one of the riverside pubs or a cream tea whilst watching the boats passing through the village on the River Bure. The village is a 10 minute walk from the Houseboats and is well served with shops, restaurants, and pubs.
Considered by many to be the gateway to the Broads, Wroxham has an array of shops including ‘Roys of Wroxham’ apparently the largest village store in the world, waterside pubs, restaurants, cafes and attractions to keep the whole family busy.
When you are visiting the area you should take the chance to get on the water. Many parts of the Norfolk Broads are not accessible by road but you can explore the Broads at your own pace in an easy drive Day Boat, or of course onboard the Southern Comfort trip boat based in Horning.
You can fish from right outside your door on the spacious 70′ deck that runs alongside the Houseboats, meaning that you will tea (or beer) on hand whenever you want it and there’s plenty of space to keep your fishing gear. Bass On-line in Horning owned by Steve (Budgie) is super convenient to buy bait, equipment or to hire a fishing boat – he also has a wealth of knowledge of the local fishing areas.
The Norfolk Broads is renowned as one of the finest fishing spots in Britain with its vast area of interconnected rivers and shallow lakes being home to an incredible variety of fish including Carp, Eel, Roach, Rudd, Bream, Perch, Pike and Tench.
Norfolk Broads Fishing
As the Broads is a freshwater river system, the coarse fishing close season applies from 15 March to 15 June inclusive each year and between these dates fishing is not permitted on the waterways.
If you’d like fish the rivers and open areas of water found in the Broads network of waterways you will require a fishing licence which is available from the Environment Agency or post office branches nationwide. Children under 13 do not need a licence.