Post in collaboration with Original Cottages
I haven’t been to Norfolk for a while, but I have some great memories of summer on the Broads, as well as Christmas breaks there. It’s a beautiful county, with so much to explore especially if like me, you’re a fan of the great outdoors. If you’re planning an active break there, you’ve chosen a great location!
Norfolk is flat. Really flat. So if you like to stretch your legs and run fast, this is a good place to do it. Running alongside the broads isn’t practical, but there are plenty of bridle paths for you to enjoy. You’re also spoilt for choice for parkrun options, with plenty of runs surrounding Norwich alone. At some point, hopefully I’ll get to tick off a Norfolk based run on my tourist list!
You can’t visit Norfolk and not experience the beauty of the Norfolk Broads. I have spent week-long holidays on the broads and being on the water is magical. Experiencing the world from the water gives you a different outlook on life. Everything seems more relaxed and chilled. The air is cleaner. Instead of the honking of horns, you hear the chirps of birds. When a boat passes by, everyone grins and waves. You might lift your can of beer in a salute. Since when is anyone that cheerful and friendly driving a car? Moor up by pubs for dinner in the evening, or enjoy an al fresco dinner on the boat deck before being lulled to sleep at night. It’s a wonderful relaxing experience.
If a whole holiday on the Broads isn’t for you, hiring a cottage might be an option. I’ve stayed in cottages in Wroxham before, a pretty village on the Broads and home to Roys of Wroxham, a family owned group of general stores. You can enjoy the river wildlife from a cottage overlooking the river and boats are available for day hire so you don’t miss out on the boating experience.
Regular readers will have learned by now that I’m a fan of kayaking when I visit somewhere. Norfolk doesn’t disappoint. Wroxham is a great location for a quiet canoe or kayak. Visit TheCanoeMan for a guided tour on the water, you can even opt for a night-time tour! And for those of you who fancy brushing up on your survival skills, you can also try out the School of Wilderness Bushcraft. Enjoy a night-time paddle through the Broads, learning the skills of bushcraft as you spend a night under the stars.
I know this is a strange one to include, but you can’t enjoy a holiday in Norfolk and not visit Great Yarmouth. It’s grotty, it’s tacky, yet it retains a certain coastal charm and can make for a fun day out, especially with the kids. Amusement arcades are a plenty along The Golden Mile and The Pleasure Beach offers a selection of rides. Explore the town for quirky shops, to this day, I remain bitter about misplacing my gorgeous black lacy jacket, purchased from a vintage shop in Great Yarmouth. It’s also a handy to visit on a rainy day – take a pocketful of tuppences for the 2p machines and sit down to a fish and chip lunch and embrace the glorious British tackiness of a coastal town.
Ever visited Norfolk? What are your top tips? Any food recommendations?