One of the most fascinating aspects of the Norfolk is that the network of Norfolk Broads waterways are man-made. For over 200 years farmers in Norfolk dug peat as it could be sold as a supply of natural fuel. Then, when tides began to rise the area filled with water to create 200km of lakes, rivers and marshes that are now fondly known as the Broads.
The Norfolk Broads are a network of waterways, comprising of 303 square kilometres. The network’s largest waterways are the Rivers Bure, Yare, Ant, Thurne, Chet and Waveney.
Since Victorian times the Norfolk Broads Waterways have been a popular holiday destination for many thousands of visitors. There are a number of important nature reserves and many windmills which were once used for drainage purposes. Some of these restored mills are now open to the public during the holiday season.
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