Ranworth Broad can be found close to the village of Ranworth & is connected to Malthouse Broad. Due to Ranworth Broad being a protected nature reserve, there are no boats allowed on the water, so it can only be accessed on foot. This causes Malthouse Broad to be mistaken for Ranworth Broad quite often, as Malthouse Broad does allow access to boats and is actually closer to Ranworth Village than Ranworth Broad itself. If you’re travelling by boat, it’s still easy to visit the reserve thanks to the free moorings and easy access on foot. Simply moor up and walk to the right heading down Woodbastwick Road. Just a little further along, you will come out of the trees and see a road to your right. This is Broad Road and this will lead you the short distance to the entrance to Ranworth Broad. The entrance is easily visible thanks to the large information sign. As you begin your walk, you will be lead through the woods along a boardwalk. The boardwalk was put in place due to the ground underneath being so saturated with water but thankfully it will keep you high and dry. The woodland walk, although short, is quite scenic and very peaceful, so you won’t mind taking your time. You will then leave the trees and continue along the boardwalk through tall grass. This is the final section of the walk and you will soon come to the Ranworth Broad visitor centre. Here you can buy a hot drink and sit outside or enjoy the beautiful views of the broad from within. A little further along the boardwalk is a wooden viewing platform, which also gives you a good view of the broad and is perfect for bird waters & photographers.
Location of Ranworth Broad
Ranworth Broad is approximately 9.4 miles to the northeast of Norwich.
Where can I stay at Ranworth Broad
Although Ranworth Broad is in a fairly secluded location, it can be easily reached by boat from Horning Ferry Marina, which is just a short distance further up the River Bure. Here you will be able to book riverside holiday homes, cottages, penthouses and they also offer holiday cruiser hire, so why not spend your holiday on the water. You can spend a night or two moored at Malthouse Broad, so you have plenty of time to explore Ranworth Broad & the surrounding area to see what it has to offer.
What else is nearby?
As well as Malthouse Broad & the lovely Ranworth Village, there are many other places to visit in the area. Salhouse Broad is just a short distance by road or by river, so you won’t have to travel very far to experience another of Norfolk’s finest broads. Salhouse Broad also offers a very nice woodland walk and there is plenty of places to moor if you decide to arrive by boat and a large car park if you choose to drive.
If you’re travelling by boat, you can access all of the best places on the broads by exploring the river. Hoveton Village (Wroxham) and Wroxham Broad are two of the most popular destinations and if you’re thinking of going a little further you can even access Great Yarmouth and the southern broads.