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Visit the Broads this Valentine’s Day with Someone Special

The Broads National Park may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of Valentine’s Day – most of us think of red roses, expensive restaurants and lavish gifts. However, the Broads is an area of breath-taking beauty, secluded spots and peaceful romance, making it an ideal location for memorable Valentine’s Day your sweetheart will remember. Visit the Broads this Valentine’s Day with someone special and make it one to remember.

Start your journey at Wroxham, and cruise along the River Bure at a pace to suit you and your beau. Along the way, you’ll pass Wroxham Broad, Hoveton Great Broad and Salhouse Broad, and all around there are a variety of wildlife to spot. Why not moor in Salhouse Broad, and enjoy a bite to eat? Richardson’s Day Boats hire out picnic boats, which come equipped with kitchens and toilets meaning you can cook your Valentine the perfect lunch, making them the perfect place for a romantic bite to eat moored in the Broads National Park’s beautiful landscape.

Carry on along the River Bure to Horning, arguably the prettiest village in the Norfolk Broads. This picture-perfect Broadside village is a favourite for many, with pubs, shops, restaurants and tea-rooms galore along the village’s river banks. Moor up and explore – why not visit the Staithe and Willow Tea Rooms for some tea and a bite to eat if you haven’t already, or walk the short distance to the Galley, a traditional delicatessen, café and gift shop which calls a beautiful 17th century building its home. The Galley is home to the “Hornish pasty”, delicious homemade savouries as well as homemade cakes and desserts – the perfect tasty treat to share!

An alternative option is to skip Horning and carry on to Acle, often referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Broads’. One of the village’s highlights is the Acle Bridge Inn, a home-from-home pub with a welcoming, warm atmosphere. The Acle Bridge Inn is a great spot for a Valentine’s lunch, with high standards of delicious food, service and attention to detail. Bringing the kids or the dog along on your romantic escapade? The Acle Bridge Inn welcomes everyone, so if it’s a more family orientated Valentine’s Day you’re after then this is perfect – however, its riverside location is perfect for a romantic midday meal for two, as well! Explore the local area, with the village of Acle having a few shops and walking routes to explore, before heading back to Wroxham.

Your day of romance doesn’t have to end once you bring you boat back, either. End the day by treating your date to a tasty meal at the new Bridge restaurant, an American-style restaurant which is perfect for a Valentine’s dinner with a twist. From here, you can watch the sun set over Wroxham – the perfect way to end a lovely Valentine’s Day in the Broads!

A day boat from Richardson’s Day Boats in Wroxham is the perfect way to visit the Broads this Valentine’s Day with someone special! Hire by the hour, half day or full day – it’s up to you! You can find out more about hiring a day boat with Richardson’s here.