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
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.
Windsurfing lessons on the Great Broad
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
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.