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Hickling Broad

Splendid peaceful and beautiful reserve set on the Norfolk Broads, home to variety of rare flora and fauna including the elusive bittern and attractive swallowtail butterfly. Freshwater marshes, reedbeds, ponds and river boat trip; boardwalks, accessible hides, marsh woodland, viewpoints and walks.

Walk details

Length of walk: About half a mile (700m)

Location:Signposted from Hickling village

Map Ref: TG 428222 Postcode: NR12 0BW

Getting there: signed down single track Stubb Road from the village and onto an entrance track alongside animal rehoming centre

By public transport: Unfortunately there is no public transport to the site with the nearest stop at Heath Road opp Methodist Chapel (Service 34 and 6) and a walk of about 1 mile

By cycling or walking: Norfolk Coast Cycleway optional route south of Happisburgh Common. Weavers Way public footpath along southern border of reserve and a public footpath from Hickling village

Site owned/managed by Norfolk Wildlife Trust; tel. 01692 598 276.

Information boards in car park, visitor centre and hides.


Open level parking area with visitor centre, hides and much of reserve accessible

Toilets: Suitable for disabled

Hire equipment available to borrow: Wildlife Detector explorer bags for children

Wheelchair access: To visitor centre, shop and toilet; hides

For families: Visitor centre has variety of displays including interactive. Boat trips, viewing tower and platform, hides

Dogs: NWT no dogs policy. Visitors with dogs can walk Weavers Way along South edge of Broad and the footpath from Hickling village where you can see some areas of the reserve. Dogs may also be taken to the raptor roost from Hickling car park

Access for all route

Start & Finish: At the car park

Distance(s): The wheelchair accessible Swallowtail trail is about half a mile

Accessibility: Both hides and the boat trip jetty are accessible, more able-bodied and all-terrain chair/buggy may be able to go further particularly if partially utilising the access track to riverside properties from directly outside the site entrance to complete a circular route (if ground conditions suitable)

Gradients: None

Stiles & Gates: Gates into site, some gates on site separating grazing access. Variety of opening mechanisms

Surface: Boardwalk and compacted gravel, short grass, compacted earth section to Secker’s hide

Waymarking: Trails are identified by simple waymarking

Seating: Benches in hides and picnic tables outside visitor centre, some seating around site, mostly simple bench with no back

Specific hazards: Some low boards to edges of boardwalks. Reedbeds and waterways

Footwear/clothing: For boardwalk sections general walking footwear. Sturdier walking shoes or boots may be required if venturing further depending on weather conditions


On site

Parking: Free parking, surfaced and grass

Reserve: Open all year dawn to dusk. Members and children free; non-member £4.50 incl Gift Aid

Visitor centre: Open April – Oct 10-5 (October weekends and half-term only)

Boat Trips: Contact site for details (NWT website has timetable download)

Shop and café: Shop is within visitor centre, no café but drinks dispenser, ice creams and confectionery available. (PH’s in Hickling)

Toilets: At visitor centre (accessed from outside of building)

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