When you mention the Norfolk Broads images of flatlands and canal boats come to mind. But there are many other aspects to this part of eastern England that you probably are not aware of. There are quaint market towns, stunning beaches and even forests.
It is a perfect place to unwind with the pace of life never really getting above a gentle stroll, and the locals take time out to engage in conversation. Here are some of the places you must visit when going to the Norfolk Broads.
Breckland and Thetford Forest
Breckland has to be on your agenda when visiting the Norfolk Broads, it has an amazing landscape and one of the most distinctive in England. Many adventurers love to visit this rather secluded part of the UK for their own eco-adventure.
Your exploration starts at the old town of Thetford, which can also act as your base as you explore the surrounding area. Thetford has its own forest which is brimming with wildlife and offers many fun outdoor activities. Most of the forest is made up of native conifers, combined with Deal Rows of Scots pines. These rows are also comprised of patches of heathland and derelict hedgerows. Breckland is another landscape entirely and was described by the classic English author Charles Dickens as barren. Breckland consists of mostly gravel and sand almost a desert, and very little vegetation.
Great Chalk Reef
The Great Chalk Reef or as it is sometimes known the Cromer Shoals Chalk Bed is the longest chalk bed in the world. And for divers it is really accessible as it is only a stone’s throw from the shore. The chalk bed is over twenty miles long and is home to a variety of marine life and plants.
If you think that Norfolk is entirely flat then think again. Many cyclists and ramblers head for Cromer Ridge for their weekly exercise. It is the highest part of the whole of East Anglia rising to one hundred meters above sea level. The ridge is instantly recognizable due to its irregular landscape, the top of the ridge has undulating woodland whilst the slopes are covered in heather. It really is quite a unique place in this part of England and makes a refreshing change.
The Norfolk Coast
Norfolk to the east is covered by a windswept coastline that stretches for miles. The cold North Sea takes its toll on the flat sandy beaches but there are vast sways of unspoiled sand to explore. These beaches are quite deserted that you can even have a game of cricket and not disturb anybody. For twitchers, there is a plethora of bird life to spot nestling in the marram grass and the dunes that form a backdrop to the beaches. The coast of Norfolk is a pure delight, far away from the crowded beaches of the south and the southwest of England.
So the next time you are visiting the Norfolk Broads leave the barge moored for a day or so and explore the great landscape that is all around.