The Norfolk Broads
The Norfolk Broads are a network of rivers and lakes in the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk. Most of the rivers and lakes are navigable and are managed by The Broads Authority. The Broads area covers over 300 kilometres and is the most popular tourist and holiday destination in Norfolk. Now named The Broads National Park, there are seven main rivers that make up this beautiful region: the rivers Ant, Bure, Chet, Thurne, Waveney, Wensum and Yare.
Boating and river trips are, of course, the most popular pastime with visitors and no day trip is complete without a short escorted river cruise or a couple of hours with a hire boat. There are many places to moor and enjoy the rural Norfolk scenery and landscapes, and many delightful restaurants, shops and pubs by the riversides.
The Norfolk Broads have been a boating holiday destination since the late 19th century and the rivers and waterways are lock-free so there are no obstacles for the tourist or visitor to be aware of. There are, however, just five bridges under which only small cruisers and smaller boats can pass. These are clearly marked and do not prevent full enjoyment of the area.
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