Accessible by the River Ant, Barton Broad is just to the north of the How Hill National Nature Reserve. A glorious Broad to paddle, Barton Broad is ideal for paddlers wanting a relaxing, nature infused paddle, surrounded by typical broads scenery and nature.
The Broad you see today is the result of a major restoration project that started in the early 1990s. Most of the second half of the 20th century pollution led to large levels of algae growth. The successful clean up has led to an abundance of wildlife returning.
To help enjoy the wildlife Barton Broad has a fully accessible boardwalk. The 1.5 mile route winds its way through swampy woodland to give a panoramic views over Barton, the second largest of the broads.
On and off the water look out for the kingfishers, butterflies, damselflies, herons and more. Paddle past Milk Parsley, a plant declining numbers found mostly in the marshes of East Anglia. Also look out for the Desmoulin Whorl Snail, another nationally rare species.
The Broads aren’t a place to go for high adrenaline adventure or fast flowing rivers. You won’t find much white water in this flat, lush scenery. But what you will find is a way to completely immerse yourself in nature, and see the area from a whole new perspective – from the water.