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Map of the Broads

Explore the Broads at your own pace

As you’ll see from a map of the Broads, there are five rivers which flow through the Broads – the Bure, the Yare, the Ant, the Thurne and the Waveney. The Broads are made up of 40 or so shallow lakes, which are the result of flooding in the remains of medieval peat diggings. Altogether there are some 125 miles or 200 kilometres of lock-free navigable waterways to explore.

Conservation on the Broads

The whole area of the Broads is looked after by the Broads Authority which keeps the waterways open and safe for navigation. As well as acting as the planning authority for the area, the Broads Authority ensures that the natural wildlife and habitat is protected. There are a number of important nature reserves situated in the Norfolk Broads and a trip through these are a must for any interested visitor.

What to look out for

Some of the most famous landmarks on the Broads are the numerous windmills which were once used for drainage purposes in the nineteenth century. Four of these restored mills are now open to the public during the summer season. Berney Arms Mill is situated on the west bank of the River Yare about half a mile south-east of the railway station and Stracey Arms Mill is on the River Bure between Stokesby and Great Yarmouth. Horsey Mill can be found between Horsey Mill Staithe and the coast road and is maintained by the National Trust. Thurne Mill is the fourth of the restored open mills and is situated alongside the River Thurne in the village of Thurne about one mile west of the B1152 Acle – Martham road. However it is only open on Sundays during the summer months.


Wroxham, Potter Heigham and Beccles all have low bridges through which some boats will not pass at any time. These are clearly marked on plaques on board to remind you. The pilots at Potter Heigham are the final judges of whether your boat may safely pass under the bridge. Water and tidal conditions may make bridges impassable to ALL boats at certain times. However this will not prevent you enjoying these places as there are plenty of moorings close-by and you may moor free of charge at any boatyard in the area.


…if your idea of enjoyment is the peace and tranquillity that a quality fishing spot can offer, then the Broads is an Aladdin’s cave of treasure just waiting to be discovered. As well as the two main tidal rivers that are fished, the Broads themselves present a huge variety of challenges to the ambitious angler, and with numerous tackle shops throughout the area, you will never be short of help and advice. The Norfolk Broads are one of England’s most unique areas and offer attractions to all who visit.