Hickling Broad
North Walsham, North Norfolk

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Hickling Broad

The National Nature Reserve of Hickling Broad is a vast expanse of waterway which forms the largest of the Norfolk Broads. The wide swathes of golden, swaying reeds, which are home to an abundant and diverse range of wildlife, are a stunning sight as the sun goes down. True nature lovers can explore the marsh lands and reed beds where some rare species of birds, butterflies, dragonflies, orchids and fresh water seaweeds can be found.

Throughout Hickling Broad there are miles of wooden walkways which are perfect for exploring the area on foot. Signed circular walks take visitors through some breathtaking scenery, past picture postcard cottages and traditional wooden bird hides. The Weavers Way long distance public footpath runs along the southern edge of the broad and is perfect for dog walkers, whilst the shorter routes of the Bittern Trail and the Swallowtail Trail offer a tranquil and less taxing stroll and are accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs. There are a number of private moorings for boat owners and plenty of overnight public moorings. The beautiful thatched wooden boat houses scattered amongst the marshes along the waters edge just add to the beauty of this wonderful place. Observation towers and viewing platforms are strategically placed to allow visitors the chance to see nature at its best, without disturbing the wildlife habitat. The Stubb Mill raptor roost viewing area is the perfect place to observe the large number of common cranes which descend to their nests each sunset during the winter months.

The Hickling Broad Visitor Centre opens daily between April and September, and offers a wide choice of activities for all the family. There is a cafe, gift shop and toilet facilities available. A guided nature walk from the visitor centre offers plenty of...

 

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