Norfolk Broads

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The Broads are manmade (hundreds of years ago by filling old peat pits  with water) and now is home to around 25% of all England’s rarest wildlife, enjoying life alongside pretty windmills and ancient monasteries. It also has over 200km of waterways that are popular for people on boating holidays and is now England’s largest protected wetland and the third largest inland waterway. Also home to many rare plants, Norwich remains the only city in England with a national park (River Wensum flows through it). Home to many rare plants (including milk parsley), you’ll also spot rare birds (crane, bittern, marsh harrier), Norfolk hawker dragonflies, swallowtail butterflies and the fen raft spider. The Broads also have traditional sailing wherries (canal boats).

take a wherry sailing (as in yesteryear)

Norfolk broads Holly Francesca

Holly Francesca

The Norfolk Wherry is a unique sailing boat, which back in the 17th century was used to ferry passengers and cargo around the inland waterways. As railways and roads grew, wherry boats became less popular, and today just 8 survive, which you can view at local trust museums.

full of medieval churches

Norfolk has more medieval churches than anyone in England. And St Helens church in Wroxham is known as ‘the capital of the Broads’. Completed in 1450, it features one of the oldest surviving medieval rood screens. This screen was built to sperate the clergy, from where people gathered to worship, and often contained decorative images of saints and angels.

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