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Try a Romantic Boating Trip on the Norfolk Broads

Many couples are like passing ships these days. We have a brief encounter at breakfast and then are apart until the evening meal and then usually too tired for much else than a bit of shared TV watching and bed!

Weekends and holidays are often the only quality time we get so it is vital that we make the most of this precious time. There are many places you can visit at home or abroad, but Norfolk is one of the most romantic places in the UK. Jack Valentine himself is an old Norfolk ritual, also known as Father Valentine. He appears on Valentine’s morning, knocks on the door and then disappears after leaving gifts.

Norfolk has something for all romantics – fantastic walks, wildlife, gardens and more churches than any other county. Stately homes, castles and museums. For the more active romantics there are some wonderful cycle routes, snow sports and water sports clubs. Anyone who loves fishing will tell you that the Broads have everything you could want. The region is full of great pubs and eateries too. Norwich has everything you could want from a city of culture – over 1,500 historic buildings including a Norman cathedral and castle and shopping that is second to none.

A great romantic way to explore Norfolk is on a Norfolk Broads boating holiday. The boat itself provides a secluded space and you can access quiet mooring places where you can dine on board in the open air. Boats can be hired for anything from 2+ nights and it’s not as expensive as you may think. Boats have all the mod cons you need and some even have four poster beds! The great thing is that anyone can drive a boat (full tuition is given) and it is all lock free!

Exploring this way gives access to some great wildlife including bitterns, otters and kingfishers as well as some of Britain’s largest and rarest butterflies. Ranworth and Hickling Broads are both havens for wildlife lovers. And of course, you are bound to see two of the most romantic of animals, barn owls and swans. These animals mate for life!

Waterside inns and peaceful country pubs offer everything from fine dining to fish and chip meals and many use some of Norfolk’s local produce. Somerleyton Hall is a wonderful venue with the hall and gardens to explore and the Duke’s Head pub and restaurant on its doorstep. Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is another secluded hideaway just waiting to be explored.

All in all this boating break can definitely bring together those passing ships (pardon the pun!) among us, offering a relaxing adventure for couples of all ages and lifestyles.