Neatishead & Horning

Alderfen, Beech & Willow Barns are situated in the small village of Neatishead and are ideally placed to explore the Norfolk Broads and surrounding area.  Neatishead is just 11 miles from the fine medieval city of Norwich, and 20 miles from the traditional seaside town of Great Yarmouth.   Close by the properties is Alderfen Broad, which is of ‘special scientific interest’ and managed by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust.   You can view the Broad via a circular footpath of around 1.5 miles with a viewing area over the water.  The village has a community shop with post office and a traditional pub which serves food.

Explore the Broads ….

Horning, it is often said is thought to be the prettiest of the Norfolk Broads villages, is just 5 minutes from Neatishead in the car.  This is a lovely place to enjoy a drink in one of the riverside pubs or a cream tea whilst watching the boats passing through the village on the River Bure.

Considered by many to be the gateway to the Broads, Wroxham is just 10 minutes away by car where you will find an array of shops including ‘Roys of Wroxham’ apparently the largest village store in the world, waterside pubs, restaurants, cafes and attractions to keep the whole family busy.

When you are visiting the area you should take the chance to get on the water.  Many parts of the Norfolk Broads are not accessible by road but you can explore the Broads at your own pace in an easy drive Day Boat, or of course onboard the Southern Comfort trip boat based in Horning.

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Martham is a small pretty village in the Norfolk Broads area situated just 19 miles from Norwich, and 11 miles from Great Yarmouth.  The village has excellent local amenities:- supermarket, butchers, post office several pubs and take-away food outlets.  It is just a five minute drive to Horsey Mere which is where the Broads meet the sea and you will find a magnificent windpump owned by the National Trust.  Winterton is also close by, a beautifully natural beach, and an area of outstanding natural beauty  – no amusement arcades or brash shops here, just a wonderful sand dunes and a small village.

During the winter months from November to the end of January, Grey seals come ashore to have their pups, you will see dozens of seals on the beach, it is a spectacular sight!  Please keep dogs on a lead!

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Norfolk Broads

The Norfolk Broads are a unique mixture of man made expanses of water connected by meandering rivers and dykes throughout much of Norfolk and into Suffolk. The 125 miles of East Anglian wetlands are all about windmills and wildlife reserves with pretty towns and villages just waiting to be explored.

Originally thought to have been formed naturally, it wasn’t until the early 1960’s that research conclusively proved that the Broads themselves were the result of medieval man digging for peat to fuel their fires. These peat diggings later flooded to form the beautiful Broadland landscape we have today.

This is the Venice of the East – in fact, the Norfolk Broads has more miles of waterway than the Italian city! It also has more waterways than Amsterdam!

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