Boaters back on the water as Broads return to almost normal

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. The ice cream boat

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. The ice cream boat in Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

Flapping sails, water lapping at the bow and the sun shining, it was almost possible to forget that just a couple of weeks ago the Norfolk Broads were eerily quiet.

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign in Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

With boaters back on the water and visitors able to hire craft once again to enjoy beautiful Broadland views and wildlife, it’s a far cry from months of empty rivers.

Day boats, canoes and other watercraft were given the all clear to return to the waters earlier this month and now many tourist businesses have reopened to make the most of a return to something approaching a normal summer season.

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign in Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

Even the water-borne ice cream boat is back.

Things are not quite the same however. Social distancing has been introduced in many shops, with queuing outside, and pubs and restaurants haven’t reopened yet of course.

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign in Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020


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Broads National Park limitations mean that boat hire firms have also had to include more stringent cleaning requirements and boats being limited for use by one household at a time.

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign in Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign in Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign in Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign in Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign in Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign in Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign in Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign in Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign in Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign in Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign in Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign in Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign in Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign in Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign in Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign in Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign in Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign

Views of the River Bure and the North Broads from hiring a Broads Tours day boat. A well known sign in Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

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