GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Hickling Broad Walks

15 miles (24 km)

Visit the Norfolk Broads village of Hickling and enjoy a walk around the beautiful Hickling Broad. It's the largest of the Broads and a fantastic area for wildlife. Look out forcommon crane,bittern, marsh harrier bearded tit and Cetti's warbler as you make your way around the lake. Also of interest are Chinese water deer, red deer and otters.
The walk starts at the car park and visitor centre off Stubbs Road on the north eastern side of the broad. From here you can pick up footpaths heading west to Hickling Heath. The walk then uses a section of the Weavers' Way long distance trail to take you around the broad to the River Thurne. Here you can enjoy riverside footpaths to Potter Heigham Bridge and boatyard where refreshments are available at the waterside Potters tearooms. The route then returns to the car park on the same paths.
It's easy to extend your walk by heading about a mile to the east and visiting the National Trust run Horsey Windpump and Horsey Mere. Here you'll find waymarked circular walks taking you to the interesting old drainagewindmill and around the pretty mere.
Just to the south you can visit Fleggburgh and Filby Broad where there's a nice little circular walk from the village to the broad and Burgh Common.
If you follow the Weaver's Way and the River Bure south you will come to the market town of Acle which is well worth a visit.

Postcode

NR12 0BW - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Hickling Broad OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Hickling Broad Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Potter Heigham Walk starts from the nearby village and visits Hickling Broad before heading along the Thurne River to the little village of Thurne. In Potter Heigham there's some interesting architecture and a noteworthy 12th century church which also Grade I listed. In Thurne there's the picturesque Thurne Mill which was built in 1820 and is still working today.
A few miles to the south east is the delightful coastal village of Winterton on Sea. There's much to enjoy here with village features including a lighthouse, pretty cottages, unusual roundhouses and a fine 17th century pub. The area also includes the noteworthy Winterton Dunes. The dunes are part of a National Nature Reserve where you can look out for a variety of coastal birds and the natterjack toad. The Winterton on Sea Walk starts at the lighthouse and takes you through the dunes to Horsey Mere and Martham Broad.
A few miles to the south there's the Ormesby Broad Walk to try. This visits the attractive broad and includes a couple of fine waterside eateries.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Norfolk Broads Walks page.

Photos

Boathouse, Hickling Broad - geograph.org.uk - 961294

Boathouse view at the broad

View across Hickling Broad - geograph.org.uk - 1151866

The broad is the largest of the Norfolk Broads. It is in the care of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust and home to a great variety of plants and animals such as swallowtail butterflies, bitterns, marsh harriers and other rare wildlife.

The Pleasure Boat Inn, Hickling Broad - geograph.org.uk - 961281

The Pleasure Boat Inn, Hickling Broad

Boathouses on Hickling Broad - geograph.org.uk - 1151750

Boathouses on the broad

Hickling Broad Visitor Centre - geograph.org.uk - 1106786

Hickling Broad Visitor Centre, run by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust.

Snowdrops by Hickling Broad - geograph.org.uk - 1151727

The Broad is covered in a sheet of ice on this cold day in early February but the snowdrops growing by the water's edge (in foreground) indicate that spring is on its way.

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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