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The Broads, Norfolk

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BBC Countryfile Magazine
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Enjoy an easy cycle along country lanes across a wetland landscape that’s alive with wildlife, in the Broads National Park

Distance 21 miles (33 km)
Time 5 hours
Strecke 38,9 km
2:37 h
29 hm
18 hm
The Norfolk Broads National Park forms one of Britain’s largest protected wetlands. Formed centuries ago by peat digging and subsequent flooding, the area provides a rich and unique habitat for wildlife.
You might even be lucky enough to spot rare marsh harriers and otters on this easy cycle ride, or perhaps sight a scarce fen orchid or the rare swallowtail butterfly, which is found only within the Broads.

The trail is very gently undulating and mainly follows narrow country lanes, with around 3 miles of cycling on A and B roads.

From Ranworth, cycle along a lane heading west to a junction by the church; take a right to Woodbastwick. Dropping down into a wooded valley, follow the lane as it rises to a sharp left-hand bend into the village. With its attractive thatched cottages, open green and working smithy, the village is an interesting place to stop and explore. Woodforde’s Brewery marks the western edge of the village, with Salhouse being the next settlement. The flooding of ancient gravel workings created Salhouse Broad, where reed cutting for thatching continues. Take a right at the forked junction and head uphill to enjoy views over the delightful Broadland scenery. While only 20m (65ft) above sea level, it is the route’s highest point. At the B1140, turn right and head for Wroxham. Turn right at the junction with the A1151.

The hustle and bustle of river life is evident in Wroxham where, after the bridge over the River Bure, the route carries on to Hoveton. Go straight on then, a mile from the bridge, take the right at the crossroads down Long Lane. At the crossroads after Burnt Fen Broad, head straight across to the Radar Museum. Built in 1941, it was once home to one of the first radar systems.
Turn left to Three Hammer Common; continue along Common Road then School Road and turn right into School Lane. The lane joins Street Hill and reaches the centre of Neatishead. Follow the road as it makes a sharp right and then left in front of Ye Olde Sadlery pub. Carry straight on along Smallburgh Road, where Barton Turf church stands on high ground to the right. Ignore the staggered crossroads and follow the next right to Pennygate. Take the left fork into Pennygate Lane; follow this to Berry Hall Road and turn right.

Follow Hall Road through Barton Turf and back to Neatishead, then turn left into Irstead Road. Gayes Staithe is the departure point for the solar powered boat, Ra. It’s a worthwhile excursion as otters are regularly seen in Barton Broad.
Remain on this road to the junction, turn right and then left to Irstead Street. Leave the Radar Museum on the right, turn left and head straight over at the junction on the A1062 into Horning.

Cycle down Lower Street to the Ferry Inn, and use the ferry to cross the river. Once on the south bank there is fine cycling through rich wetland, where you may spot marsh harriers. At the road junction turn left to return to Ranworth.

How to get there:
• By car – Ranworth is 12 miles north east of Norwich. From the city centre follow Great Yarmouth A47, the ring road (A1042) joins Yarmouth Road and then the A47. Continue for 6 miles and turn left on the B1140 to South Walsham. Take the first right into South Walsham, then, in about ½ mile, take the left to Ranworth.
• By public transport – A train runs from Norwich to Wroxham. Then take bus services from Wroxham to Ranworth.

More info:
Broads Information Centre, Farm Lane, Ranworth. 01603 270453.

The Broads Authority
Words: Nigel Housden
Picture: Horning Ferry Windmill by Colin Mitchell, courtesy of Geograph.org.uk
Profilbild von BBC Countryfile Magazine
BBC Countryfile Magazine
Aktualisierung: 15.07.2015
Höchster Punkt
18 m
Tiefster Punkt
0 m


OS Grid
TG 35995 14598
52.677651, 1.489622
52°40'39.5"N 1°29'22.6"E
31U 397887 5837483


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OS Grid
TG 35995 14598
52.677651, 1.489622
52°40'39.5"N 1°29'22.6"E
31U 397887 5837483
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