This secluded broad is one of the most unspoilt and unique within the Broads National Park and when you visit for yourself, you will understand why! Located just off the River Bure down a narrow Dyke, Cockshoot Broad has been sealed off from boats as all water traffic is banned throughout the year, however there are moorings available at the entrance so you can take to the pathways that surround part of the broad and explore it’s beauty on foot. This is great if you love observing nature at it’s best, as the broad is home to some of the most beautiful lily beds in the whole of the broads and if you like damselflies then you’ll be in the right place as the lily beds attract these beautiful insects, which are just magnificent to observe!
Where is Cockshoot Broad?
Cockshoot broad is about 8 miles to the North east of Norwich and sits next to Ranworth Marshes. See the map below for more details:
Where to Park at Cockshoot Broad?
Due to the broad being pretty secluded and next to Ranworth Marshes, access by car isn’t really possible unless you want to park up on one of the near by roads and walk the considerable distance through woodland, which isn’t recommended. The best way to see the broad is to arrive by boat, moor at the entrance and enjoy it on foot.
Cockshoot Broad Walks
The primary walk available at this stunning broad is the public trail that leads up to the edge of the water and around a large part of the broad where you can get a stunning view of the broads vast size and surrounding vegetation. There is also a bird hide for bird watching enthusiasts, which is also great if you want to observe the many damselflies in the area.
What else does Cockshoot Broad offer?
Although Cockshoot Broad is fairly secluded, it still offers easy access by boat to the River Bure meaning that you can enjoy the surrounding sites while visiting. These include Ranworth Marshes and Ranworth Broad itself, as well as being only a short hop, skip and a sail away from the village of Hoveton (Wroxham) which is the centre for all activity on the Norfolk Broads.