Friday, 27 July 2018

Norfolk | The Broads

A couple of weeks ago, we joined my parents in Norfolk for a long weekend. It came just at the right time, and we had such a lovely time resting, relaxing and exploring! You can read about our first day here.

On the Saturday, we woke up early because we had a boat booked for a day on the Norfolk broads. None of us had ever done this before, and whilst we were looking forward to it, we didn't really know what to expect! I can safely say that any reservations we had were cast aside within five minutes of boating in the broads.


The weather was absolutely beautiful, and as my Dad and Dan were eager to drive, Mum and I settled in for a day of sunshine and relaxation at the back of the boat. The boat we had hired was suitable for six people, and was perfect for the four of us. Dan did most of the driving, because he was enjoying it so much, but Dad and I had a go as well - it was quite tricky at first because the boat had delayed steering so you would turn away from the bank, and it would take a few seconds to happen!


It took about an hour and half to get to our lunch stop, and some of the houses we passed were incredible. Some looked like Italian Trulli, whilst others were quintessentially British cottages - most of them with their own boats and moors. If I lived that close to the broads, I would definitely invest in a boat myself - spending the day cruising on the river was on of my favourite days of the mini-break. It was so peaceful and relaxing.




Our lunch stop wasn't anything to call home about, but it was nice to be sat by the river in the sunshine taking it all in. We'd definitely try one of the other pubs next time, even though they looked much harder to moor at!

After lunch, we headed back out on the Broads for more sunshine. I was happily lounging at the back reading my book, with Mum who was doing the same. I was reading Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race, and it was one of the best books I've read this year. If you're looking for something new to read, I'd definitely read this book. It's incredibly insightful.

Five hours after we picked up our little boat, it was time to drop it back. We'll definitely be going again, we had such a lovely day!

Have you ever been out on the Norfolk Broads?

The company we used to hire our electric boat, was Richardson's Day Boats who were fantastic. On arrival, we picked up our life jackets and were led to our boat by one of the staff, who explained how to steer the boat. He was so helpful, answering all of our questions, and directing us to the pubs. The map at the front of the boat also included timings so you had a rough idea if you had to return your boat for a certain time. I think we paid £91 for 5 hours, which I think is really affordable, especially if you're going as a group.


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