If you're planning a UK short break that allows you to get to grips with a new pastime and explore some stunning English scenery, why not head to the Norfolk Broads for a boating holiday? Britain's largest protected wetland is comprised of lakes and canals, and is home to nature reserves, quaint villages and bustling cities.
The Norfolk Broads are renowned for their peaceful landscapes and slower pace of life, so if you're looking for a destination in which to relax, you can be sure you've chosen a top spot if you travel here. Travelling by boat affords you the freedom of being in control of where you are based and potentially allows you to see much more of an area than you could on a traditional getaway where you are confined to just one location.
So even if you only have a few days to spare, you can really get the most out of your time by calling in at the places that most interest you. Before you set off, it's wise to have an idea of what you'd like to see and do before you embark on your journey.
If you're new to boating, there's no need to be concerned about your abilities as the Broads are gentle and lock-free. More than 200 km of canals and rivers make up the wetland area, so keep your eyes peeled for the abundance of wildlife that calls the region home.
The nature of the Broads is a big draw for many visitors and if you're a fan there are a couple of places you're sure to want to call in at during your England narrow boat holiday. Among these is Strumpshaw Fen, which you'll find in the very heart of the Broads. Here you can moor up for a guided walk and stretch your legs, or follow the nature trails to the bird hides, from where you may spot birds like kingfishers, bitterns and marsh harriers.
Alternatively, make your way to Hickling Broad - a national nature reserve - to catch sight of avocets and cranes. In the summer months, a special water trail is open and you can follow it to a tall tree tower, from the peak of which you'll be afforded some stunning views.
If you fancy getting active during your short trip, head to Barton Broad and follow in the footsteps of Sir Admiral Lord Nelson, who learned to sail here. You too could have a go at the pastime, or perhaps you'd prefer to try your hand at one of the other water sports on offer.
Another popular activity to try while on the Broads is fishing. Because much of the area is comprised of lakes, canals and rivers, it's little wonder anglers find it to be something of a paradise.
If you're a beginner to the sport, pay a visit to Narborough Trout and Course Lakes, which is suitable for all skill levels. More experienced fishermen might want to stop at the upper Thurne, meanwhile, and have a go at reeling in rudd, pike, roach, tench and bream.
The Wash on the Norfolk coastline is a great spot for catching bass if you're travelling in summer, while the centre of Norwich is similarly renowned for its winter fishing.
While you're in the vicinity, be sure to spend some time exploring the city, which is home to not one but two cathedrals. There's also a bustling daily market, where you can browse more than 200 stalls and perhaps pick up some souvenirs.
Call in at the Castle Museum and Art Gallery before heading back to your boat and making your way to the next stop on your itinerary.
If you're travelling with youngsters, chances are they're hoping for the opportunity to visit the seaside during you holiday. And boating on the Norfolk Broads puts you within easy reach of locations like Great Yarmouth - a typical British seaside location.
Here you can spend some time soaking up the sun on the beach as the little ones frolic in the sea, and afterwards why not treat them to a trip to the funfair, where they can have a go on the exhilarating rides?