Explore the Broads 5

Welcome to Ranworth, How Hill and Hoveton – all places for a great day out in the Broads National Park, with open waters, big skies and the chance to go exploring

Ranworth – electric boat trips on Liana


Great days out H


ew for this year, set off from Ranworth (C3) on a voyage of discovery on board Liana, our Edwardian-style electric launch. Trips head

across Malthouse Broad, along Ranworth Dam and out on to the River Bure. Hear about the wonderful wildlife of the Bure Marshes – and we hope you see some of it! Look out for great crested grebes, even a kingfisher zipping across the water and look up too, a marsh harrier could be soaring overhead.

Liana boat trips These trips depart from Ranworth Staithe, where there are also 24-hour free moorings and parking. The boat trip takes up to eight passengers

(at driver’s discretion). Trips (50 minutes) April, May, October: weekends, bank holidays and local half-term only at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm; June-September: daily at 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm Cost £8 adult, £7 child and concession, £25 family (up to two adults and two children) Bookings Ranworth Broads Information Centre, 01603 270060 or visit the other Broads Information Centres

Ranworth Broads Information Centre The Staithe, Ranworth NR13 6HY 01603 270060 Open (free entry) April, May, October: Monday-Friday 9am-1pm and 1.30-5pm; Saturday-Sunday 9am-5pm June-September: daily 9am-5pm

Ranworth Staithe

More places to visit Continue your day out with a visit to Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s nature reserve and floating Broads Wildlife Centre (follow the boardwalk from the staithe). They also run boat trips. The village church, St Helen’s, is known as the cathedral of the Broads. You can even climb the tower for a bird’s-eye view. There are toilets near the staithe and refreshments available, including a tea shop at the church’s Visitors Centre.

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden (see page 31) at South Walsham and Woodforde’s Brewery at Woodbastwick (with tours available) are about 1½ and 2½ miles away.

How Hill National Nature Reserve

ow Hill (C2), close to the village of Ludham, has something of everything that makes the Broads special. The River Ant runs through the

reserve and there are reedbeds, grazing marshes, wet woodlands and even a broad – all full of wildlife for you to discover. Visit Toad Hole Cottage, lived in by generations

of eel catchers, and imagine home life on the marshes in Victorian times. Then take a trip on board the Electric Eel (pictured above) to see where the marshmen worked and discover wildlife for all seasons. Explore the Wildlife Walking Trail, the Secret Gardens (see page 30) and riverside walks. • Entry to the site is free, including the riverside walks, with free car park (open all the time) and 24-hour free moorings

• Visitors with disabilities may find it helpful to telephone in advance to check whether How Hill is sufficiently accessible for you

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Toad Hole Cottage





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