History: Contrary to what you might think the Broads is not all about water and boats, far from it. For those preferring to stay on land there’s a wealth of fascinating culture and heritage to be discovered, with ruins and castles dating back to the second century and the Roman times. Both Burgh Castle Fort and the remains of Venta Icenorum, the Roman town that preceded Norwich, are worth visiting. There’s also an abundance of medieval churches, as well as the only abbey, St Benet’s, to have survived the dissolution of the monasteries.
Walking and Cycling: Staying on land, there are miles of footpaths and quiet country roads that are ideal for exploring on foot or bicycle. With barely a hill of note in sight the terrain in the Broads makes for perfect cycling for all the family, with a wide variety of pre-set route available to ensure you see the best areas. Be it a short ramble or an all-day long distance hike there are walking routes aplenty for lovers of exploring on foot. Once again, the lack of high peaks found in other National Parks is a real advantage and appeal to those looking for something a little more manageable, and family friendly. Many of the pre-planned walks weave in elements of the region’s history and heritage.
Art: A great number of visitors come to the Broads with easels, pencils and paints to while away the hours capturing a variety of picture-perfect landscapes and scenes on paper. There are also regular art trails allowing for the chance to explore the art and culture of the Broads, as well as potteries offering hands-on experiences.
Wildlife: The Broads, with it’s mix of wetlands, marshes, fens and woodlands is home to a wide variety of different wildlife species, with a quarter of them internationally protected, including the Norfolk Hawker dragonfly and the Swallowtail butterfly, both of which can only be found in this corner of the world. Boasting nine national nature reserves, and a variety of rare environments there’s the chance to see something all year round. From adders and swallows in Spring, hawks and butterflies in Summer, seabirds and blue tails in Autumn and waterfowl and geese in Winter there’s no off-season in the Broads.