The Broads is a fascinating area with a rich history, reflected in the many wonderful places to visit and the unique wildlife. There are restored windmills, medieval churches, beautiful gardens and great places for family visits. If you enjoy walking or cycling, there are also many routes to choose from. For many people, a great way to explore the Broads is by water, as much of the history of the Broads revolves around the way the rivers have been used over the years. For many, the charm of the Broads rests on the illusion of remoteness you get when you are on the water. You can be near a village without knowing that there is anybody or anything for miles around. So, whatever you do, try to get afloat and you will find much to surprise and delight you. Over two million people visit the Broads every year, exploring by land or water or a combination of both. There are many different ways to enjoy the area, including sailing, motor-boating, canoeing, fishing, bird-watching, walking and cycling.
Boats are an integral part of the Broads, which is one of the most extensive and varied inland waterways in the country, and one of the most popular in Europe. It offers 200 kilometres (125 miles) of boating on lock-free tidal rivers. The Broads has been important for sailing and other types of boating since the end of the 19th century. It is a unique navigation system where special inland sailing craft have evolved and where sailing has remained a significant influence.