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Ranworth Broad, Ranworth

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Ranworth Broad is an expanse of water lying in the valley of the River Bure in Norfolk, England. Like other broads, it is believed to have been formed by the flooding of mediaeval peat workings. Joined to neighbouring Malthouse Broad by a narrow channel, it is one of the nature reserves in the care of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust.The reserve consists of three hectares of open water, wet grassland, alder carr (wet woodland) and scrub; it has a floating visitor centre, a boardwalk and a bird observation hide. The broad is a short distance from the village of Ranworth and is overlooked by the tower of the parish church of St. Helen. A traditional reed lighter (a vessel used to transport reereds, harvested for use as thatch) called the 'Helen' now ferries visitors between Ranworth Broad and Malthouse Broad.The poet and critic Edward Thomas spent a holiday on a houseboat on Ranworth Broad with his son and a group of friends in the summer of 1913 at the invitation of the poet and writer Eleanor Farjeon, while Thomas's wife Helen was in Switzerland.
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  • Parking is available outside the pub and just beyond the shop. We parked here, then had a wander along the boardwalk which goes around one side of the broad. This was managed quite easily with a buggy...  more »
  • We were staying in Ranworth in the Boat House which is part of Broad House. Quaint fabulous accommodation for two. We walked to the church and climbed the tower fabulous views worth the climb and note...  more »
  • The floating Broads Wildlife Centre is reached by a boardwalk and has a great view across the water. There is a small boat trip around the broad and which can also take you back to the car park where ...  more »

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