Monday, 13 April 2015

Norfolk Broads

Norfolk Broads
There is something quite magical and tranquil about not being attached to land, escaping the hustle and bustle of London life and setting sail on the open water.

Last week this was exactly what we did (well without the sail), we climbed aboard our Royale Light boat for the week and had nothing but nature and the tranquil waterways of the Norfolk Broads to look forward to.

Here is our accommodation for the week:
Norfolk Broads
Being in charge of a 44ft boat is really quite daunting but I shouldn't have been worried the boat was surprisingly easy to skipper, with side thrusters to help moor.

The Norfolk Broads has some wonderful ruins, windmills, wildlife and quaint towns to visit. 

Below is Benet's Abbey housed by the river Bure the site is a memorial to the monastery that used to dominate the area.  
Norfolk Broads
Travelling along the banks of the Norfolk Broads you can view numerous beautiful windmills set against the wonderful countryside. 
Norfolk Broads
The wildlife on the Broads is amazing. We spent many an hour watching the many birds, swans, goats and ponies meandering.   
Norfolk Broads
We even saw this little chap hidden on the banks when navigating Breydon water. 
Norfolk Broads
Some visitors came calling most days and were not shy at all. 
Norfolk Broads
Norfolk Broads
We travelled from the quaint little town of Potter Heigham to Norwich. 
Norfolk Broads
Trying to navigate past rowers and sail boats at times became a challenge especially when they were out in force. 
Norfolk Broads
We stopped for the day in Norwich for a lovely lunch and to visit the Cathedral. 

Standing for over 900 years Norwich cathedral takes centre stage in the heart of Norfolk.
Norwich Cathedral
Norwich Cathedral
It is quite an amazing building with beautiful architecture and adorned with stained glass windows. 
Norwich Cathedral
The top of the Cathedral is currently housing a soon to be family of Peregrine Falcons. You can find a live feed of the birds here

We had an amazing visit and I can't recommend enough the Norfolk Broads as a holiday perfect for nature lovers, those who seek adventure and families. 

Every evening we settled down for the sunset and I will definitely miss these the most now that I am back on dry land. What vistas. 
Norfolk Broads
Norfolk Broads


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18 comments:

  1. Wow, that boat does look intimidatingly big. Lovely photos though. It looks so relaxing.

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    1. It is so tranquil, as a blogger not having access to the Internet is daunting but also freeing at the same time Lucy x

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  2. How lovely :) I've got day boats out a couple of times but never done an actual holiday on the Broads, even though my Mum actually used to work for Blakes Boating Holidays in Wroxham! Simon did a boating holiday years before he met me with a group of friends and he talks about how much he loved it all the time!

    Did you get to Ranworth or Horning? I think they're my favourite villages on the Broads, oooooh and Coltishall as that's where I went to school!

    I'm glad you made it to Norwich, I used to work for a solicitors opposite the cathedral so had a beautiful view out of the office window every single day!

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    1. The broads are beautiful, we visited Ranworth and moored up there but didn't visit Horning. How lucky were you to have the cathedral outside your office window Lucy x

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  3. I'm off to Norfolk in a couple of weeks for a christening, such a lovely relaxing town.
    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

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    1. It is a lovely place to visit so I am sure you will have lots of fun Lucy x

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  4. Aw, this post brought back so many happy & fond memories... we used to visit the broads every year when I was growing up and had a boat :) it was such family fun! You're right, the wildlife & scenery really are amazing!

    Style Sunrise ☀

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    1. What a lovely thing to do as a family I bet you have loads of fond memories. The scenery and wildlife is amazing Lucy x

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  5. This looks amazing! I want to see what the boat looks like on the inside. Curious.

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. I can share some pics with you, have three double rooms, a kitchen, living room and two toilets with showers. The inside is similar to a luxury caravan Lucy x

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  6. wooahh!! so gorgeous! :D so peaceful! thanks for sharing.

    Animated Confessions

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    1. It was peaceful and quite Lucy

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  7. Wow, I'm impressed that you skippered this Lucy. Love the shot of the duck on the boat and the sunset

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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    1. It was rather easy to be honest, the ducks were very cheeky walking around on the boat. The sunsets were amazing Lucy x

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  8. The scenery looks beautiful, everything by the water looks really peaceful :) I've seen the statues in the cathedral in an back home exhibition before, it was all dark but the statues were lit up and it was so eerie haha. I love all the stained glass though :) xx

    Toasty

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    1. It was a relaxing and peaceful break. The statues are quite big and I can imagine in the dark it could be scary. I love stained glass windows they are so beautiful Lucy x

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  9. What a lovely break, it looks beautiful! I'd never known anything about the Norfolk Broads before, I never realised it was so lovely x

    Josie’s Journal

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  10. This looks so peaceful! I used to go down the Shannon in a boat for a week with my family, we never got the weather for it though so it kind of ruined it for me but this looks really lovely!

    Ash | Liakada Travel

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