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The Broads [1] (also commonly referred to as the 'Norfolk Broads') is an historic and scenic area in the east of the English county of Norfolk, close to the Suffolk border and also extending into that county. A large portion of the Broads now falls within the irregular boundaries of the recently gazetted Broads National Park.



For many years the broads were regarded as natural features of the landscape. It was only in the 1960s that Dr Joyce Lambert proved that they were artificial features, the effect of flooding on early peat excavations.

The Romans first exploited the rich peat beds of the area for fuel, and in the Middle Ages the local monasteries began to excavate the peat lands as a business, selling fuel to Norwich and Great Yarmouth. Then the sea levels began to rise, and the pits began to flood. Despite the construction of windpumps and dykes, the flooding continued and resulted in the typical Broads landscape of today, with its reed beds, grazing marshes and wet woodland.


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Since the Norfolk Broads is now the UK’s largest nationally protected wetland and an important area for wildlife, there are plenty of outdoor activities to do. You won't find any clubbing spots here but there are many family pub restaurants along the Broads.

One of the main activities is to rent a boat and cruise along the river for a few days, stopping at pubs along the way.

  • Richardson's Boating Holidays, The Staithe, 08447705213, [2]. Provides cruisers from 2 - 12 berth along the Norfolk Broads.








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