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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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  • A well worth while water trail with Norfolk Wildlife Trust around Ranworth Broad. Trevor, our guide, was most informative and very helpful. We were a group of 7 including 2 young children and the 45 m...  more »
  • This is a beautiful, unspoilt location in the nature reserve. There's a floating information centre and shop at the end as well as boat trips varying in price and length. The walk is short, but great ...  more »
  • Fantastic tour from the beautiful thatched nature centre, personalised tour and interesting conversation about ecology and wildlife from the inspiring Maria. Also climbed the church tower for the view...  more »