Star Cottage, Wroxham
Luxury Riverside Holiday Cottage in the Heart of the Norfolk Broads.

 

Holiday Activities

Below are some suggestions for things you can do during your visit to Star Cottage. For more detailed information on any of the activities mentioned please visit the Links page for sources of advice and guidance


Bird Watching and Nature Reserves
East Anglia provides areas of wilderness where the bird life and wildlife can be observed almost undisturbed by all Twitchers. In particular Broadland is truly unique - there is simply nowhere quite like it in the British Isles or Europe. Broadland offers chances to see rare plants and animals some of which are only found in this region. Local wildlife includes the Bittern, with its unique "booming" sound. Many butterflies are seen, such as the Swallowtail, while the huge "Norfolk Hawker" dragonfly may look quite frightening but it is quite harmless.


Canoeing
There's an almost miraculous richness of wildlife in the Broads National Park - a unique landscape of shallow, reed-fringed lakes or 'broads', waterways and rivers flanked by grazing marshes. It's not at all easy to see it from the land.
One of the best ways of getting really close to it is by taking a waterborne safari - venturing by yourself (or in a group of up to four) in a canoe, into the reedy open waters and along the tree-fringed rivers - and sometimes along waters free of motorized craft. Paddling at your own pace and without the disturbance of engine noise, you'll be in the ideal position for spotting kingfishers, voles, herons and maybe even the elusive otter. Keep your ears alert for the song of a Cetti's warbler, and on the river bank look out for the bright yellow collar of a grass snake. When you feel like a rest, there are plenty of places along the river where you can stop for a while (please respect any 'private' signs'), and it's an idyllic way to sample local pubs and restaurants.


Eating & Drinking
The Norfolk Broads is particularly well endowed with delightfully attractive, riverside eating places; usually centuries-old pubs. With perhaps one exception, the Berney Arms, you can reach these riverside pubs by car, albeit along somewhat narrow country lanes; usually loved, but sometimes feared, by overseas visitors.



Boating - Cruising
The part of Norfolk & Suffolk, known universally as the 'Broads', is far more extensive than just a collection of inland, water-filled broads. They are connected by over 200 miles of gently flowing, navigable rivers, dykes and cuts that offer ideal cruising conditions at between 5 & 7 mph. You can cruise right into the heart of the city of Norwich, or travel east as far as Great Yarmouth, where the Broads eventually affords access, (for those with suitable craft), to the North Sea. Providing you're not in a hurry you can travel many leisurely miles throughout the Broads region, for days on end.


Boating - Racing
Races & Regattas; Most sailing clubs welcome visiting sailing boats in their open events, including for instance the famous Three Rivers Race which lasts for two days and is held at Horning in early June. It is a spectacular race to watch as all kinds of sailing boats take part. The boats sail up and down the rivers Bure, Ant and Thurne, in any order, depending on the tides. A real test of sailing skill!



Fishing
Fishing The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads and rivers offer a diverse range of fishing types, from lush, sleepy river banks to the ancient man made Broads. There is also the Norfolk and Suffolk coastlines to be explored. You can fish most places in the Broads with an Environmental Agency licence - making it the largest area of free fishing in the UK, with around 200km of waterways.

Fishing Season and Licences:
Coarse Fishing: 16th. June - 14th. March.
Trout Fishing: 1st. April - 29th. October.
Peninsula guests are permitted to fish directly from the site; If venturing further afield you should ensure that they have the necessary permission to fish on privately owned water, those controlled by angling clubs or on banks of tidal waters. Fishing licences are required for every angler aged 12 years and over, for use of a maximum of two rods on each occasion. Post Offices will supply the NRA National Fishing Licence Mon - Sat, or they can be purchased direct from the Environmental Agency 7 days a week.


Beaches
Norfolk and Suffolk offers many pristine and spacious beaches, and the District Councils takes great care in making sure they are safe and clean for everyone. This year, four of the district's most popular beaches boast Seaside Awards (the Tidy Britain Group's award for cleanliness and facilities). These are Cromer, Sheringham, Mundesley and Sea Palling, and all achieved this standard with the highest possible grade.

In addition, Cromer, Sheringham and Mundesley also fly Blue Flags - taking pride in having achieved and maintained the strict European Union standard for water quality. That is not to say that North Norfolk's other beaches are not equally clean, but only "resort" beaches can qualify for Blue Flags, and few of North Norfolk's quiet beaches fall into that category.

From the lively foreshores of Cromer and Sheringham, to the uncluttered expanse of Holkham Beach (the real-life location for Gwyneth Paltrow's memorable coming ashore after the shipwreck at the close of the hit movie Shakespeare in Love), the beauty of Norfolk and Suffolk's beaches are unquestionable.
On the north Norfolk coast there are wonderfully wide beaches where the sea goes out for miles and where it is possible to get away from everything. The East Coast beaches tend to be narrower and steeper. Beware under currents, particularly where beaches shelve steeply. Remember too, that the current flows south on the flood and north on the ebb and can run quite strongly, especially when the wind is in the same direction.

Although Norfolk has more sunshine than most parts of the country there can be onshore easterly winds so a windbreak can be useful. Groynes constructed to stop erosion also make useful shade and shelter for picnics. Beware of strong offshore winds, these take effect 50 to 100 metres from the beach, thus are beds and small inflatables are very vulnerable.


Cycling
The opportunities are endless - from purpose designed cycle tracks along former railway lines, around reservoirs and through forests, to all the specially tailored tours along the numerous quiet country lanes, taking in the beautiful countryside and picturesque villages with plenty of places to stop for refreshments.
East Anglia is ideal for cycling, whether for family days out on traffic-free cycle paths, gentle circular routes taking in attractions, pubs, towns and villages, or challenging long-distance routes for more ambitious cyclists.
There is a relatively unknown rural hinterland in East Anglia, with its varied rolling countryside, distinctive villages, historic market towns and quiet country lanes that can be explored (with a little forward planning) without a car. You can start your journey to many of these areas by train.
You don't even need to bring your own bike. There are numerous cycle hire centres where you can hire a range of bikes for anything from just a few hours to a few days.


Rambling
Norfolk's flat and picturesque countryside provide an ideal environment for Ramblers. Some of the popular Rambling routes include:


Angles Way
The Broads to Brecks path a 77 mile route passing along the Waveney & Little Ouse Valleys. The path stretches from Great Yarmouth on the coast to Knettisham Heath Country Park near Thetford.
Bacton Wood Forest Trail
1.5 mile trail through gentle hilly woodland east of North Walsham. Some 30 species of tree grow here.
Broadland Walks
8 walks in varied terrain through villages, by rivers and the Broads. A booklet with maps is available from Norfolk County Council.
Paston Way
A linear walk which starts at Paston Street on the Norfolk coast just north of Bacton and turns inland to pass through North Walsham, Stalham, Potter Heigham and Acle before finishing at Great Yarmouth. It is continuous with another such path, the Angles Way, which runs through the Waveney Valley.
Peddars Way National Trail
The Peddars Way is an ancient Roman road which was built shortly after the tribal revolt of AD61 led by Boudicca, Queen of the Iceni. The route begins in Suffolk, runs northwards through Breckland and then joins with the Norfolk Coast Path. All in all, the route covers 93 miles and most of it is also suitable for horse riders and cyclists. This area offers many different types of landscape and enjoys a wonderful quality of light with spectacular sunrises and sunsets.

Weavers Way
This path runs southwards from the north Norfolk coast at Cromer. It follows a circuitous route through the countryside and finally ends at North Walsham.

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