LOV E OUR WATERWAYS? T RY THE BROADS FOR A NEW EXPER I ENCE
A change of scene awaits lovers of Britain’s waterways in the Broads National Park
BROADS cruiser met narrowboat at this year’s London Boat Show in the inaugural Boating and Watersports Holiday area, which highlighted the UK’s spectacular inland waterways.
Visitors were able to climb aboard a narrowboat to explore the sleek designs and talk to experts about the best locations and boats at the same time as admiring the new breed of Broads cruisers.
With the largest fleet in the Broads National Park, a team from Norfolk-based Richardson’s Boating Holidays was on hand at ExCeL to tempt canal boat fans with a new experience.
Chief executive Greg Munford explains: “What we enjoyed about the new area at the show was meeting people with a real love for our inland waterways - whether that’s on the Midlands canals or the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads.
“I believe we offer a new experience for people unfamiliar with the Broads. It’s the same slow-paced holiday – 4mph is the speed limit just like the canals – but we have 120 miles of navigable, non-locked waterways which allow holidaymakers to make the most of the change of scene and the unique wildlife habitat.” There’s also plenty to do on land on a boating holiday. While water is at the heart of the Broads, there are many more land-based activities that attract visitors: walking, cycling, family attractions, photography, angling and nature watching are essential elements of many Broads holidays.
Food and drink, combined with quality accommodation to suit all budgets, are part of the friendly offering that can be found in pretty villages, market towns and – uniquely in the national park family – a thriving city.
“More and more people are discovering the Broads – families, couples, niche enthusiasts. We’d love you to join in the adventure,” says Greg.
“Here in the Broads, we’re open year round. Whatever the time of year, there’s plenty to do and see: boating and sailing (amazing in spring, summer and autumn) as well as soaking up the atmosphere on foot or two wheels and enjoying the scenery or nature watching (especially exhilarating on a sunny winter’s day).
“And we’re closer than you might think as well. Norwich, the city on the Broads, is now only 2½ hours from London or the Midlands via the now fully dualled A11 and even quicker by rail. Plus, don’t forget your money still goes further in the UK than on the Continent.”
The Broads experience - a summer’s day on the water in a Richardson’s Commodore cruiser; (below) the Richardson’s stand at the London Boat Show (left) next to a canal boat.