The Broads National Park
A Water Lover’s Paradise
National parks are found throughout the world and offer a wide variety of entertainment options depending on what is in the park, but some of the best national parks offer both land as well as water activities for active guests. The Broads National Park is the perfect example of what a national park should be and the best part about it, is that it is right in Britain, so no need to travel half way around the world for your family to enjoy the outdoors. Here are some of the activities that you can look forward to on your next visit to The Broads National Park.
Fishing is a remarkable experience for people of all ages. Learning the art of fishing and the need for capable survival strategies is something that all people should maintain. Finding that perfect spot to cast a line can be difficult, but here at The Broads National Park fishing is encouraged. The only thing that the park officials ask is that you secure a fishing license for anyone in your group that wants to fish. The Broads National Park is full of some of the best fishing areas to be found anywhere with many rivers and bodies of water to choose from. Fishing season runs from June 16th until March 14th so there is plenty of time throughout the year to take advantage of all the great fishing The Broads National Park has to offer.
Children as well as some adults need to be taught about the animals of the world and one of the best ways to teach individuals about the animals is to go on a live safari. It can be difficult to find a safari in many places as some believe that the activity is only for desert type areas, but in all actuality, learning about animals through a safari can take place most anywhere. Here in The Broads National Park guest enjoy an animal safari on the water. Floating among the reeds and the trees through the waterways in a self-propelled boat allows you to get up close to the animals without scaring them away with loud motors. Those that take part in the wildlife safaris are able to view more than 11,000 species of animals and take pictures to remember the experience. Children and adults alike can learn in a way that sticks in their minds rather than simply having book knowledge of the animals.
See the Windmill
One attraction that is quite unique to the Broads National Park is the Berney Adams Windmill. This windmill can be found along the Weaver’s Way hiking trail. It is beautifully places along the marshland of the park and makes for a stunning hike for the whole family. Apart from the natural beauty of this spot, visitors are able to see a rare treat in one of the most remote railways to be found anywhere in Britain. If you are lucky enough to see a train on this remote railway, you can even hitch a ride from the station to take you back to civilization. Even if you do not get the chance to ride the rails., a hike out to this part of The Broads National Park is one that should not be missed.
Ride the Rails
If your hike to the windmill does not give you and your family the chance to catch a train, all is not lost. Railway systems run throughout The Broads National Park, so there are other places to ride the rails. One of the best places to catch a train is the Ashmanhagh Light Railway. This train ride is unlike others you may have experienced as it is smaller than most and open air. Children are intrigued by the fact that the train is more their size, but adults can take part as well as the seating can accommodate them as well. It is the perfect way to entice your child to grow an appreciation for trains or to simply bring back your enthusiasm for this mode of transportation.
What to Know
A trip to any national park is something that you will cherish forever, but there are some things that you should know before deciding to visit The Broads National Park. The Broads National Park does not charge an entrance fee, but there may be fees associated with special events, so make sure that you look at the schedule before embarking on your journey so you can plan ahead for any fees you may incur. It is also a good idea to make sure that everyone in your group is able to swim as there are many waterways in the park. Safety is always your first priority, so train your children to understand that the animals within the park are in their home and should not be disturbed. Keep your distance from the animals for the safety of everyone and have a good time at The Broads National Park.
Britain’s largest protected wetland was formed by the flooding of old peat diggings and is now home to some of Britain’s rarest wildlife.
Key areas of interest
- A mosaic of landscapes with 7 rivers and over 60 broads, home to over a quarter of our rarest wildlife
- Great for boating of all kinds
- Gentle footpaths and cycle routes, fabulous fishing
- A Roman fort, medieval churches and traditional drainage windmills
- The River Wensum runs right into the city of Norwich, just 2 hours from London