Charming Towns and Villages Along The Broads
Photo by JackPeasePhotography
Norwich, at the west end of the Broads is the only city of a reasonable size.
It has a population just over 200,000, and a heritage dating to Roman times. Its cathedral is justifiably one of the great Norman buildings of England. It has a magnificent historical and cultural heritage.
By contrast, Great Yarmouth twenty miles away on the coast is a characterful seaside resort where nothing much changes.
Between these two lie a variety of towns and villages, some fairly modern, and some historic and quaint.
We can’t possibly write about all of them in a single article, so we mention just a few. Charming Woodbastwick village on the River Bure has a delightful set of thatched houses around the village green. Do try the local beers with names like Wherry Bitter, Nelson’s Revenge, Norfolk Nog and Headcracker.
Ranworth is a short distance from the nearest river, but it offers notable views from the tower of its 16th Century “Cathedral of the Broads’. The steps on the winding staircase are narrow, but once at the top a special landscape unfolds.
Finally, Stalham on the River Ant hosts the Museum of the Broads. The museum advertises it is ‘dog, child and parent friendly’ and provides rides in a vintage rowing boat with a steam engine.
So, in summary, the Broads are a great place for non-boaty people to experience life on water without some of the hardships – locks, lack of services etc.