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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Kayaking on the Norfolk Broads

The Norfolk Broads represent a network of navigable waterways (eponymously in Norfolk) that were created in medieval times by peat digging. The depressions later filled with water so that the rivers connecting them broadened out (hence, Broads) - see also the map at the bottom of this post.


Top left arrow (red) the English Lake District is where I live; lower right arrow (black) the Norfolk Broads where I visited.




The Norfolk Broads represent an important water-based recreational area for boating, fishing, etc. and is a major wildlife conservation area.


Near inhabited areas there are houses that border the waterfront. This desirable property for sale comes with included boathouse and fishing rights.
Hmmm. Maybe if I win the lottery...

Popular for boating holidays, the rivers can become a little congested near the busy marinas...

...but there are secluded conservation areas accessible only to kayaks

On my first day, I decided to familiarise myself with Broadland life by participating in a guided canoe trail with The Canoe Man, when I met up with and a shared a canoe with fellow blogger Ellee Seymour at South Walsham Broad.

Ellee Seymour glances over her shoulder,
maybe to warn me that I am about to steer the canoe into the bushes!

The next morning at daybreak, I find myself exploring the deserted Hoveton Little Broad...

...in the rain. But who cares, this is an adventure!

More adventures in the Norfolk Broads in Part 2!

The Norfolk Broads - a navigable network of waterways created by peat digging in medieval times. The black edging down the right side is the Norfolk coastline.

11 Comments:

Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

What lovely pics, and lovely memories of the Broads. I felt in safe hands with you steering at the back Maalie, especially knowing you had navigated the crocodile infested Everglades!

9:45 am  
Blogger Ted M. Gossard said...

Very nice. Quite interesting. I think it would be good if you did some sort of documentary for the BBC which hopefully we would get here in the States. With all your knowledge. And you're keeping so active. Nice pics. And I wasn't aware just how far north you live. But surely a bit moderated in winter time by all the water I would think.

10:56 am  
Blogger simon said...

excellent excellent excellent!

You will be fit and in fine form to kayak the Lake Eyre!

2:26 am  
Blogger simon said...

whats the asking price on the house?

11:41 pm  
Blogger Badger said...

Nice one Maalie. Lovely pics. Perhaps I need a kayak?

9:02 pm  
Blogger Lana Gramlich said...

Very lovely. I've been aching to get back out on the water again, but down here I have to consider alligators...not something to be toyed with, certainly.

9:18 pm  
Blogger Merisi said...

Simply lovely!

9:34 am  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Long time since I've been there. Brings back nice memories.

9:39 pm  
Blogger Sara said...

Love the photo with the rain drops on the water's surface.

9:23 pm  
Anonymous Nick said...

Ahh yes, the Spotted Redshank. Think I had a touch of that a while back.

6:12 pm  
Blogger Philip Robertson said...

This is a very lovely pic and this area reminded me of the river in my area of the World, Africa. Are you a King of the Maalieans or just group leader. I love to be a friend. Keep up the good work of taking good pictures.

7:30 pm  

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