“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” – The Wind In The Willows.
There’s something about messing about on boats that’s so very English summer (when it’s not raining of course).
Kenneth Grahame nailed this in the above quote from the Wind In The Willows; it is indeed true that there are many opportunities to ‘mess about’ on boats in England. There are is the extensive canal system, a network of rivers such as the Thames and, of course, the sea.
One place where this is particularly true is the Norfolk Broads in the East of the country. This network of rivers and (man made) lakes, or Broads, has neither canal locks nor the sea’s tides, and is therefore a pretty easy way to do some boating.
It is therefore very popular with the British and other holidaymakers (and writers: Arthur Ransome of Swallow & Amamazonns fame based many of his beooks there).
Because the Broads are in a relatively unknown part of England, East Anglia, it is perhaps not all that well known outside the UK. But don’t worry, here’s our guide to get you up to speed so that you too can do your own “messing about in boats”.