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Hickling is the largest of the Norfolk Broads and forms part of a bigger complex of 116 square miles of freshwater lakes.

Hickling National Nature Reserve has a great circular walk with hides, and an observation hut with wonderful views of a wide variety of wildlife from Barn Owls to Marsh Harriers.

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Hickling - Visitor Guide

Address: Hickling Nature Reserve, Stubb Road, Hickling, Norfolk.
Postcode NR12 0BW
Telephone:Hickling Nature Reserve - 01692 598276
Map:Hickling Streetmap
Essential kit:Good binoculars or a telescope for crane watching.
Camouflage colours for bird watching.
Nature watching:

Nature and bird watching, boating, sailing, walking.


The Raptor Watchpoint at Stubb Mill is a good starting point for watching wildlife.

The best time is mid February to mid March - but only when the temperature is above 10 degrees or there's a warm sun.


The Water Trail runs from mid-May to mid-September, and leads visitors through the backwaters of the Broad - it also provides access to the Tree Tower hide (additional charge).


Hickling is the best place to look for Cranes in the wild.

Access:Wheelchair access to visitor centre, toilets and boardwalk.
Parking:There is no parking at the raptor watchpoint - instead park at Norfolk Wildlife Trust's visitor centre and walk to the watchpoint.
Getting there:Hickling Broad is four miles south east of Stalham in north east Norfolk. Signposted from the A149 Stalham-Great Yarmouth road. Bus service located a 20-minute walk away.
Opening times:Nature reserve is open all year round, 10am - 5pm. The visitor centre and tree tower are open April to September.
Charges:Adults £3, children free, boat trips extra.
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