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River walks reveal spectacular views and fascinating wildlife

UK | East of England | Norfolk | Ludham

This sleepy village is surrounded by water, in the heart of the stunning Norfolk Broads. Ludham lies next to Womack Water, which flows into the River Thurne.

The village centre is a mile from Ludham Bridge, which crosses the River Ant is a popular stop for boaters. There’s handful of independent businesses, including Throwers, an outstanding village shop, selling the finest local produce, including Ferndale Farmhouse Cheese, Yare Valley Oil and Broadland Eggs.

Ludham is an excellent base for walking. A short stroll from the village centre will take you on to grassy footpaths and country lanes which wind their way past reed-fringed broads and rolling pastureland, dotted with old windmills.

The Norfolk Broads consist of 125 miles of meandering waterways, and there’s no better way to explore this enchanting area than from the deck of a boat. Ludham Bridge Boats hire them out, as well as pointing visitors in the direction of some of the Broads’ most spectacular scenery.

A short drive from Ludham is one of the area’s best children’s attractions, Bewilderwood, a fantastic adventure park with zip wires, forests and tree-houses. There’s also a good cycle hire centre here, with access to a number of good routes through the surrounding broads and villages.

A variety of cafés, restaurants and pubs can be found in and around Ludham, many of which make the most of the fresh, local produce on their doorstep. The Kings Arms is a lovely pub with a welcoming atmosphere and daily seafood specialties such as Cromer Crab Salad.

A mile down the road is the village’s other pub, The Dog Inn, where you can expect a good selection of local ales and a menu of reasonably priced pub classics.

“This sleepy village is surrounded by water, in the heart of the stunning Norfolk Broads.”

A short drive from Horning, on the banks of the River Bure, is The Swan Inn, serving beautifully presented dishes such as butcher’s choice sausages and mash, and Scottish mussels in white wine and parsley sauce.

There are some charming, traditional tearooms in the Ludham area, including Al Fresco, which serves loose leaf tea, homemade cakes and a selection of light lunches.

If you’re keen to explore Norfolk’s towns, villages, broads and coastline, Ludham is the perfect base. A couple of miles down the road is Horning, an ancient village on the banks of the River Bure, where you can take a boat trip deep into some of the broads’ most attractive countryside.

Ludham is also a short distance from the stunning Norfolk coast, which is dotted with pretty fishing villages and secret coves. Another good option for a day trip is Norwich, a fascinating city with a wealth of culture and history, and an excellent variety of shops and restaurants.

While you’re there

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

131 acres of ancient woodlands which roll into peaceful water gardens.

Alfresco Tea Room

A charming tea room pack at the very heart of the village.

Museum of The Broads

Gain an insight into where The Broads actually came from!

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