The Norfolk Broads Canoe and Kayak Guide provides an excellent guide to the picturesque Norfolk Broads.
Authored by local paddler Steve Maloney, the guide covers seven rivers and fourteen Broads. Steve describes those that are busy with pleasure craft as well as quieter routes, which are only navigable by smaller craft, such as canoes and kayaks.
The Broads are former peat workings, which vary greatly in size, providing adventures for paddlers of all abilities. Not all Broads are publicly accessible, and the guide only focuses on those which are open to paddlers.
Norfolk Broads Canoe and Kayak Guide – local knowledge
Steve is up-front about the issues we sometimes face as paddlers. For instance, some access points are jealously guarded by other river users. On some stretches, inexperienced holiday-makers may be piloting larger boats. But Steve clearly knows his patch and shares valuable local knowledge and advice. Some conservation areas are off-limits during certain times of the year, usually winter, and this is clearly indicated.
The guide provides clear information on launching points, local attractions, wildlife and history. Distances between launching points are also provided, along with riverside campsites and pubs, enabling you to plan single and multi-day trips.
Steve also includes advice on tides, safety, access and environmental issues. He covers the importance of biosecurity, protecting our waters from invasive species such as the killer shrimp. The guide lists local canoe and hire centres, and includes the five official Broads Authority Canoe Trails, should you wish to stick to the regular routes.
The Norfolk Broads Canoe and Kayak Guide is published by Pesda Press and is available from all the usual outlets. 160 pages, full colour throughout.
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