The Broads, a local term for lakes, is a collection of 70 waterways in Norfolk in the East of England and is one of the UK’s most popular boating destinations. Comprising seven rivers and 63 lakes, the Broads contain over 120 miles of navigable waterways. Long believed to have been natural features, it was discovered in the 1960s that the Broads were actually man-made during the Middle Ages - local monasteries excavated peat to sell as fuel and the empty trenches were then flooded with rainwater, creating the lakes. The Broads are a perfect destination for an outdoor holiday - many come to experience the tranquility of cruising a boat on the river and stopping off at a waterside pub for a spot of lunch.
The nearest train station to the National Park is Norwich which is just a two-hour train ride from London Liverpool Street. Alternatively, there are plenty of bus routes available. Head to one of the many towns and villages in the Broads to hire a boat and continue your journey through the famous waterways. If you’re arriving from overseas, Norwich and Stansted are your nearest airports.
Summer is the best time of year to experience the wetlands but you’ll find plenty of activities in the nearby towns and villages even on rainy days. For example, take the opportunity to visit the historic Norwich Cathedral.
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If you’re planning a trip to The Broads, make sure you check out some of the other sights in the area, including: Norwich Cathedral, Blickling Estate and the Merrivale Model Village. Treat yourselves and the kids to an outdoor adventure at the sustainable eco theme park, BeWILDerwood.
To find out more information about The Broads, please head to the official Visit Norfolk website, where you’ll be able to find out more about how to hire boats for the day, a map of the waterways in the Broads and some history of the national park.
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