Norfolk Broads

By the water

Norfolk is a large shire county, fifth largest in England, with an area of more than 2,000 sq miles and an extensive coastline of about 84 miles. Add to this the many rivers flowing through it, the Broads and a great many lakes and you have a county that is significantly affected by and close to water in some way or other. Whilst transportation still makes some use of “Norfolk water” the main use is for recreation. Being by water is a passion of this site author and so is included as an indulgence.

Norfolk Broads
The Broads is a network of mostly navigable rivers and lakes in the English counties of Norfolk and Suffolk. Although the terms “Norfolk Broads” and “Suffolk Broads” are correctly used to identify specific areas within the two counties respectively, the whole area is frequently referred to as the Norfolk Broads. It has over 120 miles of navigable waterways. There are seven rivers and 63 broads, thirteen of which are generally open to navigation, with a further three having navigable channels.

Norfolk Broads
There are almost 40 rivers in Norfolk, including the Tas and Waveney in South Norfolk.

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