12 Explore the Broads

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ith beautiful countryside, gentle slopes, quiet lanes and plenty of places to hire bikes, the Broads is perfect for cycling.

Most hire centres are open from Easter/April

to October, with prices from about £15 for half a day for adults. They may supply maps or you can download cycle routes from

Clippesby Hall, NR29 3BL, 01493 367800, D3 Horning – Broadland Cycle Hire at BeWILDerwood, NR12 8JW, 07747 483154, C2, free delivery within 10 miles of hire centre for bookings of 3+ days Somerleyton Cycles, Jernigan, The Street, NR32 5PS, 01502 732004, E6, lifts from moorings and station

Bure Valley Path From Wroxham/Hoveton the narrow gauge Bure Valley Railway runs to Aylsham, with stops at Brampton, Buxton and Coltishall. The path for walkers and cyclists (about 9 miles) follows the same route (it’s being widened and upgraded during 2021, so there may be some disruption). The train can

There is so much to see and do in the beautiful and diverse landscape of the Broads National Park. But this beautiful place needs everyone’s help to safeguard its future. The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Charitable

Trust aims to do just that by welcoming donations from visitors, local people and businesses through its fund-raising scheme, Love the Broads. So far, Love the Broads has given over £50,000 in grants to 38 projects that benefit the landscape and wildlife of the Broads, and help school groups and other visitors to enjoy and understand the Broads. You can find out about the projects at To donate to Love the Broads, please go to, or you can become a member – contact or call 07717 290307. If you would like to support the Norfolk

and Suffolk Broads Charitable Trust in other ways, perhaps by helping to fund a project of significance to you or by leaving a legacy, please contact Simon Roberts or call 07710 120230. Please support Love the Broads and the

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Charitable Trust – you’ll be helping to keep the Broads special. Charity number 1124552

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If you’ve never tried it before, the Broads is a great place to try angling and there are plenty of people to help you get started

When can I fish? The coarse fishing season runs from 16 June to 14 March every year.

What do I need? Make sure you have a current Environment Agency licence, available from post offices or You’ll find fishing tackle shops around the Broads if you need to buy equipment and if you’re a beginner they’ll be happy to advise you. Take unwanted tackle home as discarding it can cause problems for wildlife.

Where can I fish? You can fish from the bank or from one of the many platforms, or you can hire a boat – some boatyards hire day boats specifically for fishing and you’re allowed to fish in most of the Broads waterways provided there is public access. Make way for boaters if you’re fishing from moorings and also canoeists if you’re fishing from a canoe launch platform. For easier access fishing platforms and pads suitable for wheelchair users see page 11.

What’s the catch? Bream, perch, pike, roach, rudd, tench and eel.

Who can give advice? If you’re new to angling or just want to learn some new skills you can book a coaching session – for

advice contact the Angling Trust or the Professional Anglers Association The Broads Angling Services Group is keen to encourage newcomers and to support young anglers.

Go to for more info and a map of places for angling.

Love the Broads



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