Rise and shine! Here you are in Norfolk - a historic part of England with big skies and breathtaking landscapes.
Fun and adventure lie ahead so rouse the sleepyheads, get the bacon sizzling and leave your cosy cottage for a day’s boating on the magical Broads (with expert advice from Adam of norfolkbroads.com) or a day going wild on the land.
Photo by NorfolkBroads.com
1. Head for Wroxham, the hub of the northern Broads; you’ll find a choice of boatyards and you’ll be told all you need to know to have a safe and fun day cruising the waterways.
2. Leaving Wroxham, the River Bure wends its way to Wroxham Broad on the right. This is an ideal spot to anchor up and watch the sailboats skim by. Keep your crew on watch for coots, herons and, with luck, a kingfisher
3. Just before Horning village, the picturesque Black Horse Broad is worth a quick visit to see many species of bird. Horning itself is a delightful village with tearooms, restaurants and a choice of riverside pubs! Try The New Inn for some tasty home-cooked food.
4. Head downstream through Horning until you emerge into the open countryside and marshes. Reed-cutting is still an active rural craft here and busy gatherers can be seen cutting, stacking and drying the reeds. Keep your eyes peeled for marsh harriers and otters!
5. Finally it’s on to Ranworth Broad with spectacular views from the church tower over the Broads and rivers. Turn around for a gentle cruise back to Wroxham – you’ll be just in time for tea or a sundowner by the river at the nearby Kings Head!
1. Treat your family to a wild (actually completely wacky!) experience at the award-winning BeWILDerwood Adventure Park, the enchanted home to Crocklebogs, Twiggles and Boggles.
2. There’s heaps to do in this forest of family fun so allow yourselves plenty of time to explore the magical treehouses, zip-wires and jungle bridges. There are storytelling, marsh walks, boat trips, but the real high point (literally!) is the awesome Sky Maze.
3. After an easy drive of 30 minutes or so, you’ll reach the historic Blickling Estate. There are 55 acres of glorious gardens. Why not spend a relaxing hour or so exploring the magnificent 17th century Hall. Marvel at the beautiful rooms as you learn about the estate’s history from medieval times to its role during WWII.
4. It’s off to the seaside next! Cromer is a delightful little town with narrow streets and lanes leading down to the beach and iconic pier. Don’t miss a walk out on Cromer Pier with its renowned theatre, gift shop, restaurant and bar.
5. The perfect way to round off 48 hours in Norfolk has got to be fish and chips! No1 Cromer is the work of celebrity chef Galton Blackiston. Only a pebble’s throw from the pier, and commanding wonderful views over the sea, it’s one of the top 5 fish and chip restaurants in the country!
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