The Old Rectory Bed & Breakfast, Framingham Pigot, Norwich NR14 7QQ, phone 01508 493082

The Broads

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The Broads National Park
Distance from The Old Rectory 6 miles. Britain's largest protected wetland, perfect for boating, sailing, fishing, walking and bird watching.
"The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads is Britain's largest protected wetland and third largest inland waterway, with the status of a national park. It's also home to some of the rarest plants and animals in the UK. The Broads Authority was set up in 1989, with responsibility for conservation, planning, recreation and waterways."

"The Broads is a fascinating and varied area with a rich history, reflected in the many wonderful places to visit and the unique wildlife. There are restored windmills, medieval churches, beautiful gardens and magnificent houses to visit. If you enjoy walking or cycling, there are also many routes to choose from. "

"The Broads has been a popular destination for boating holidays since the Victorians 'discovered' the pleasures of sailing its waterways in the late 19th century. Today's boats are very easy to handle and are a most enjoyable way to see this unique and enchanting wetland, with over 125 miles (200 km) of lock-free waters to explore. Motor cruisers and yachts from 2-12 berths can be hired from boat yards throughout the Broads and are available weekly, as well as for short breaks and longer periods.

Contact details for companies offering:
Canoe trails on the Trinity Broads
Guided canoe trails are to be run on the secluded Trinity Broads, near Great Yarmouth, this season. Contact:
Day Hire 
These companies hire out small craft and charge daily rates. They may offer a number of different kinds of vessels including sailing boats, motor boats, electric boats and windsurfing boards.
Canoe Hire
These companies hire out canoes, kayaks and possibly other small craft.
Boating holidays
Book a longer sailing or motor cruising holiday from one of these companies or alternatively order one of their brochures."

Whitlingham Country Park


"This beach, woodland and water park just southeast outside Norwich at Trowse is a great place to walk, cycle, picnic or birdwatch.
Built on the site of a quarry whose gravel was used for a number of major local construction projects, Whitlingham offers a full range of water-based activities, including sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, rafting and canoeing - all of which can be undertaken in a safe and fun learning environment.

Training is available for novices from the recently opened water sports centre. You can hire a craft on the day, or you can bring your own and buy a day-pass to float your boat.
The park also operates week-long activity water courses. Other activities include moth and bat evenings, pond dipping, quarry safaris and a Canadian canoe trail.
A historic flint barn has been converted into a visitor information centre, cafe and WC."
(source: Tour Norfolk)