Exploring The Norfolk Broads

With Dairy Barns ideally located on Hickling Broad, no stay is complete without exploring all the majestic beauty the Norfolk Broads offers.

Our guests regularly tell us how much they’ve enjoyed exploring the distinctive landscape, whether they’ve taken to the water, walked or cycled the miles of paths and country lanes and Nature Reserves or visited one of the many iconic attractions of the Broads.

The Norfolk Broads National Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty. With more than 125 miles of lock-free waterways, there are many ways to experience this water playground. 

Here are some of our favourite things about The Broads; 


The Broads is also home to a massive variety of the rarest wildlife – greater than any other national park in Britain – and has become a ‘must-see’ for nature lovers. It is a truly magical area home to many species of rare plants, animals, insects and birds.

Our farmland which backs onto Hickling Broad, is home to plenty of wildlife – https://www.dairybarns.co.uk/nature-at-hickling-broad/ 

Food & Drink

From fancy restaurants for a romantic evening out to countryside pubs offering hearty roasts, there’s somewhere for everybody to eat in the Broads. Pop into a warm cafe for a quick pit stop or take longer over a family lunch while the kids play – the choice is yours.

There are lots of pubs and restaurants within easy reach of Dairy Barns. Here are some of our guest’s favourite spots.


With miles of peaceful country lanes winding through small villages and gentle terrain, the Broads are the ideal location for cyclists of all ages and abilities. With our B&B rooms at Dairy Barns making the perfect base for your next cycling adventure, complete with a hearty breakfast to fuel you ahead of pedalling. 

Take a look at some of the cycling routes near Dairy Farms –  https://www.dairybarns.co.uk/cycling-routes-in-norfolk/ 

Exploring the Broads on foot

With endless footpaths and quiet country roads to explore, walking is a great way to see the Broads National Park. Hardy walkers will enjoy the long-distance trails for day-long hiking. For those seeking temporary escape, there are shorter rambles and even circular routes to ensure you get back where you started. Here are some of our favourite walking trails > https://www.dairybarns.co.uk/cycling-routes-in-norfolk/ 


Hiring a day boat to cruise yourself or taking a boat trip is one of the best ways to see everything Broads offers. 

Many local operators provide day boat hire in Wroxham, Potter Heigham, Stalham, Burgh St Peter and Oulton Broad. Here is a list of boat hire providers from Visit The Broads website https://www.visitthebroads.co.uk/things-to-do/boating/boathire


Canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding are excellent ways to get close to the wildlife and environment of the Broads. You can explore parts of this magical Waterland that other craft can’t get to. They are also great exercise!
Based in Wroxham – “the Capital of the Broads” – The CanoeMan offers canoe, kayak and cycle hire so you can go off and explore or join one of the many guided canoe trails.  For the adventurous, you can take a Bushcraft Course or White Water coaching, go wild swimming, snorkelling or paddle boarding.