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Eastern shore of the Great Broad at Whitlingham

From the wooden bridge, continue along the footpath and it leads you to the eastern end of the Great Broad.

This is stop number three on our circular tour and provides a stunning view across the water, back towards the city of Norwich.

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We've now come down to the far eastern end of the Great Broad, offering one of the most impressive aspects of the park as the water stretches into the distance towards the ever changing Norwich skyline.

The Great Broad is almost a mile in length, making it one of the largest broads in the area, with some 82 acres of water.

It's the first broad (shallow lake) to have been created in the area for centuries.

In addition to walking and cycling in the park, thousands of people enjoy recreational time afloat on the broad throughout much of the year.

Picture: Windsurfing lessons on the Great Broad at Whitlingham
Windsurfing lessons on the Great Broad

Water sports

From Easter until September, the hire of various water-crafts is available, along with a number of courses operated by the Norfolk County Council outdoor education programme.

For more details of courses call 01493 368129.

As you continue around the broad, just a few metres to your right on the other side of the small bank, is the River Yare.

Leisure craft can be seen on the river on a regular basis as they make their way between Norwich in the west and on to Brundall, Rockland and Strumpshaw Fen in the east.

It took more than five years to extract the gravel which created the Great Broad.

The quarry are now working on the other side of the River Yare and will be pumping the gravel under the river in large pipes.

The gravel will be de-watered and then put on the conveyor belt back to the same processing plant used during the creation of Whitlingham's water features.

The quarry will have finished on site altogether by 2006/7.

After enjoying the views across the broad, continue along the footpath as it brings you around to the northern shore.

 

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