The Broads National Park is a unique landscape consisting of over 120 miles of inter-connected waterways and lakes. It is home to a diverse range of animals and plants plus numerous ancient buildings, villages, towns and places of interest. Navigating the Norfolk Broads by boat is a unique and enjoyable experience and the best way to view this beautiful area of the country.
There are no locks to negotiate, so the waterways offer easy cruising, making it ideal even for the boating beginner. You will find plenty of places to stop and explore. Maybe visit a water-side restaurant, enjoy the wildlife, walk around a village or visit a place of interest.
Northern and Southern Broads
These picturesque waterways have traditionally been split into two areas, the Northern Broads and the Southern Broads. Both are inter-connected to make navigating the Norfolk Broads by boat easy.
In the North there are three rivers that flow south eastwards towards the seaside town of Great Yarmouth.
The River Bure starts in Coltishall and meanders it’s way through Wroxham, Wroxham Broad and Salhouse Broad. It then continues through Horning, Ranworth Broad, South Walsham Broad, Acle and Stokesby.
The River Ant is narrower in places than other rivers. It begins in Dilham and heads south through Wayford Bridge, Stalham, Barton Broad and Ludham before joining the River Bure at Ant Mouth.
The River Thurne evolves from Hickling Broad and Horsey Mere before passing through Potter Heigham and joining the River Bure at Thurne Mouth.
The Southern Broads flow towards the expansive Breydon Water situated close to Great Yarmouth. The River Yare begins life near the city of Norwich before passing through Brundall, Surlingham Broad and Rockland Broad. It then continues through Buckenham, Cantley and Reedham before reaching Breydon Water.
The River Chet is a small tributary that flows from Loddon before joining the River Yare between Cantley and Reedham.
The River Waveney flows from Geldeston through Beccles, Burgh St Peter, Oulton Broad and St Olaves. It then merges with the River Yare at Breydon Water.
Navigating the Norfolk Broads by boat allows you to explore the very best of this unique area, whilst also allowing you to immerse yourself into the traditional way of life that has spanned generations.