Hickling Broad Nature Reserve
Hickling Broad is truly a must see if you’re planning a visit to the Norfolk Broads, as it boasts the largest surface area and is protected, making it the ideal environment for wildlife to thrive. The broad is easily accessible via the Hickling Broad visitor centre, which will give you access to the paths & boardwalk running through vegetation and along the waters edge. The boardwalk is currently closed due to renovations but the choice of paths will still give you the opportunity to enjoy the best of what the broad has to offer.
Take the path to the left to walk past stunning reed beds or head to the right & walk through woodland, which is closest to the water. If you decide to head to the right, you will come across two observation posts where you can enjoy beautiful views of the broad and in between these, you will meet the electric boat, which takes visitors on a tour of the broad to a secluded spot only accessible by water. This is without a doubt the best way to experience the natural area and if it sounds like your kind of thing then make sure you book yourself onto the trip at the visitor centre.
There is no need to rush during your time here, so feel free to take as long as you want and go at your own pace & see if you can spot some of the rare wildlife, which lives around the water.
Where is Hickling Broad?
Hickling Broad is approximately 19 miles (37 minutes) to the northeast of Norwich.
Where can I stay at Hickling Broad?
Horning Ferry Marina is around eight miles from Martham Broad making it the ideal place to stay if you want to visit this fantastic natural area. Whether you want to enjoy a boating holiday on the broads or a relaxing stay in a luxury riverside holiday home, you won’t be short of choice when making your mind up. The holiday cruisers come in a selection of sizes and thanks to Horning being located on the edge of the River Bure, you will have easy access by water to some of the most popular areas and broads within the river network. If staying on water isn’t your thing then choose the dry land accommodation. You will still be able to enjoy the water if you wish thanks to the day boat rental and you will be able to reach everywhere by road if you would prefer to drive. Contact us to find out more about our accommodation near Hickling Broad.
What else is nearby?
A short distance from Hickling is another fantastic natural area to explore offering wonderful walks through scenic surroundings. Martham Broad Nature Reserve is a great place for a relaxing walk, as there are two trails to follow, both starting from the village of West Somerton. Along the northern trail, you will walk along the River Thurne Eventually reaching the northern part of Martham Broad. If you head along the south side, you will of course come to the southern part of Martham Broad. Each walk is relaxing and offers beautiful natural views.
To the northwest you will come across the popular market town of Stalham where you will find a selection of shops and the popular Museum of the Broads where you can find out about the history of the broads and see some fascinating exhibits. If you keep heading north you will eventually come to the impressive north Norfolk coast, which is where you will find some of the most beautiful beaches in the country.