With over 125 miles of waterways, arguably the best way to appreciate the spectacular scenery of the Norfolk Broads is on a boat. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this magical landscape and the huge variety of wildlife as you slowly navigate your way through these unique waterways. There are numerous places where you and your pet can hire a boat for the day. Most boat hire companies will provide a life jacket for your four legged friend. Either pack a picnic, or stop off at one of the many dog friendly waterside pubs where you can sit and watch other boats cruise by whilst you enjoy a leisurely lunch.
Although most famous for its waterways, its’ not all about boating in the Norfolk Broads. There are also some fantastic walks through woodlands, unique wetlands and quiet country lanes. Home to a quarter of the rarest wildlife in the UK, make sure you keep your eyes peeled for a swallowtail butterfly or the rare Norfolk hawker dragonfly! If you are after a challenging hike you should walk a section of the popular Wherryman’s Way where you can explore picturesque riverside villages and open marshes along the River Yare. Or if a leisurely amble is more your style choose a circular walk from one of the many networks of footpaths that weave through this beautiful national park.
If you fancy some sea air, head to the dog friendly beach at Winterton-on-Sea. Backed by rolling sand dunes this vast beach is a great spot to have a walk, a splash in the sea and spot some seals if you walk along the beach to neighbouring Horsey. Winterton Dunes National Nature Reserve is a haven for breeding birds so you might need to keep your dogs on lead during the nesting season in Spring.
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden at South Walsham is another lovely place to spot some wildlife, have a walk and take a short boat trip. If you are looking to combine a walk with some history of the area, head to the third century Roman fort at Burgh Castle. From here you can join the Angles Way walking trail which follows the southern shore of Breydon Water back to Great Yarmouth. Alternatively, enjoy the easy riverside walk from the village of Ludham to St Benet’s Abbey. Treat yourself to lunch at The Dog when you return back to the village.
We have an excellent choice of dog friendly cottages to rent in the Norfolk Broads. Whether you are looking for a holiday house in the middle of a village, a waterside retreat or a farmhouse in a secluded rural setting, you and your four legged friends cannot fail to love this magical part of the UK.