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Broads Walks

Some of the best walks on the Norfolk Broads

When you’re enjoying your Norfolk Broads holidays, you’ll find that there are little walks everywhere, little paths to be explored and plenty of walks to villages from your mooring or cottage. Here are some of the signposted walks on the Norfolk Broads.

Hoveton Great Broad Nature Trail

Regarded as one of the best little trails on the Broads, Hoveton Great Broad is an excellent place to spot Common Terns in the summer and this trail is only accessible by boat. Open Sunday to Thursday 10:00-17:00. Free moorings for visitors and a warden on site for more guidance.


Salhouse Broad

Good for walking the dogs and for children. There’s a children’s play area and canoe hire from the banks. Moor inside the Broad for access to the mainland walks.


Moor at Cockshoot Dyke the board walk is ‘q’ shaped and comes out near Cockshoot Broad where there is a little bird hide.


Ranworth NWT

A well known boardwalk here, round the corner from Ranworth Staithe moorings. Alternatively, have a look around the village and go to the top of Ranworth Church.

South Walsham and Upton Marshes

Circular walk from Fleet Dyke. Dogs allowed.


Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

Moor at South Walsham Fleet Dyke. 20-25 minute walk. Entrance charge applies: Adult £6.75, Child £3.85, Dog 25p. Dogs must be kept on a lead.


6 miles (allow 3 hours). Moor at Womack Water or Ludham Bridge.


St Benet’s Abbey

Have a nice little wander around the site of the old Abbey and Mill here – great new interpretation panels. A few paths lead off the site up to Ludham village. Moor up at St Benet’s Abbey.

Ted Ellis Nature Reserve: Wheatfen

Moorings outside the reserve. Wheatfen Reserve is the family home of the Ellis family, with the management of the area in the memory of writer, broadcaster and naturalist Ted Ellis. Expect to see a wonderful example of managed fen with plenty of the Broads’ rarest wildlife.

Barton Broad board walk

Moor at Gaye’s Staithe, Neatishead Staithe, or Irstead Staithe.

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How Hill

For this circular walk, see NWT Living Landscapes route guide for more details. From here you can even take the exclusive Electric Eel guided boat trip around the back waters and dykes of Reedham Marsh. Moor at How Hill.

Strumpshaw Fen: RSPB Reserve

Access via moorings at Brundall Church Fen or Cantley. RSPB members go free, or £3.50 for adults and £1.50 for children. This is a wonderfully laid out reserve with plenty of bird hides and seats to stop and look out over the water or marshes.

Bramerton Common

Moor up at the Broads Authority Bramerton Common moorings then go for a little wander along part of the Wherryman’s Way which goes through an area of adjacent woodland. Dogs welcome.


Whitlingham Country Park

Moor up at the moorings of the same name and go for a wander all the way around Whitlingham Great Broad. If you’re feeling adventurous, it is a couple of miles walk to get into Norwich city from here. Please note: Although dogs are welcome, due to potentially dangerous (to dogs) blue green algae in the Great Broad, do not allow your dog to swim in the water.

Angles Way

A lovely route that skirts Breydon Water and heads down to Oulton Broads and then up the Waveney Valley. Moor up at Burgh Castle. This 93 mile route continues on to Thetford…although we don’t recommend you go all that way!

Weaver’s Way

Weaving it’s way from Cromer to Great Yarmouth on this 61 mile route, there are short circular walks available off the Weaver’s Way with reasonable access from mooring points such as Acle and Thurne.

Wherryman’s Way

This walk follows the Yare Valley from Great Yarmouth via Loddon to Norwich. Hot tip: Moor up near a train station, follow the Wherryman’s Way then get the train back! The full extent of this route is a little shorter than the others; a mere 37.5 miles.