Making a move to . . . The Broads

PUBLISHED: 05:33 05 January 2015

A large group of swans on Ormesby Broad.

Picture: James Bass

A large group of swans on Ormesby Broad. Picture: James Bass

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2014

It is little wonder the Norfolk Broads is such a popular place to live as well as for leisure.

A combination of pretty rural hamlets and thriving villages all surrounded by tranquil waterways and a landscape dotted with majestic church towers and iconic windmills – it is little wonder the Norfolk Broads is such a popular place to live as well as for leisure.

This area is perfect for those who love Norfolk’s countryside but who also want good amenities and easy access to Great Yarmouth and Norwich.

Properties in the area range from new starter homes and executive houses to stunning Edwardian country houses and traditional Broads’ thatch cottages. There is also plenty of choice when it comes to location, with houses in long established village centres like Acle, Martham and Stalham, or further afield in secluded rural settings.

As well as being popular with those seeking the peace and tranquillity of country life, it is great for families, with lots of sporting and leisure clubs and activities – including, of course, opportunities to get out on to the Broads and learn to sail – plus a good choice of schools. There are also endless opportunities for fishing, cycling and walking all on the doorstep.

The town of Stalham is by the River Ant and its stunning broad, and is close to both bustling Wroxham and the east coast, with the popular family beaches of Sea Palling and Waxham just a short drive away. It has a busy high street with a great choice of independent shops and eateries. There are also a number of boatyards in the town giving great access to the water, and the staithe at Stalham is home to the Museum of the Broads which reopens in the spring.

Towards Great Yarmouth through the picturesque Broadland landscape is the large village of Martham. A thriving community with the scenic village green and pond at its heart, it is popular with young families and there is plenty going on here for residents both young and old to enjoy. It hosts a number of popular annual events throughout the year, including a spring scarecrow festival and May fair, a summer carnival and autumn beer festival. Martham Broad and nearby Ormesby Broad are perfect for nature lovers and are a haven for wildlife as well as being excellent spots for sailing and other water-based activities.

For those who like the wilder side of Norfolk’s coastline, Winterton beach is also close by. The café here is open all year round and a walk along this stretch of our coastline is as invigorating and wonderful in the winter – when the seals are in residence – and as it is relaxing and fun on a hot, summer’s day.

Heading back towards Norwich is Acle, so conveniently situated with excellent train, bus and road links to both Norwich and Yarmouth, making it an easy commute for work. Set on the river Bure, the village centre has plenty of shops and amenities as well as a regular farmers’ market. The pretty Weavers’ Way footpath which runs from Cromer to Yarmouth passes by the east of the village and is a wonderful way to explore the surrounding countryside. Again a very popular spot for house buyers, with properties often quickly snapped up, Acle offers both small estates of houses and bungalows and individually designed properties, as well as options to suit anyone from those considering retirement or bringing up their young family.

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