The “mysterious, marvellous” Broads nominated for National Park of the Year

Wherries come together on Wroxham Broad. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Wherries come together on Wroxham Broad. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: © ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC

The Broads has been named one of five finalists in BBC Countryfile's National Park of the Year awards after it's 'mysterious, marvellous landscape' captivated judges.

A family canoeing on Salhouse Broad. Picture: James Bass Photography

A family canoeing on Salhouse Broad. Picture: James Bass Photography - Credit: JAMES BASS PHOTOGRAPHY

The world-renowned wetland has been nominated along with Snowdonia, Northumberland, Exmoor and New Forest national parks.

Magazine readers were asked to submit suggestions, which judges then scrutinised before selecting the five nominees.

The magazine explained its decision in selecting the Broads: 'Britain's largest protected wetland is a mysterious, marvellous landscape, with a quarter of the country's rarest wildlife.'

Members of the public are now asked to nominate their favourite with voting open until March 5.

The far reaching view across Malthouse Broad from St Helens Church in Ranworth. Picture: James Bass

The far reaching view across Malthouse Broad from St Helens Church in Ranworth. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015


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The nomination has the backing of tourism bodies, leading hire boat companies and business owners.

To vote for the Broads visit: BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018: National Park of the Year

Boats on the Rver Ant at Ludham Bridge. Picture: James Bass Photography

Boats on the Rver Ant at Ludham Bridge. Picture: James Bass Photography - Credit: JAMES BASS PHOTOGRAPHY

Cycling around country lanes and tracks to more isolated parts of the Broadland area. Picture: Jame

Cycling around country lanes and tracks to more isolated parts of the Broadland area. Picture: James Bass Photography - Credit: JAMES BASS PHOTOGRAPHY

St Benets Abbey. Picture: James Bass

St Benets Abbey. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

Salhouse Broad. Picture: Valerie Soame

Salhouse Broad. Picture: Valerie Soame - Credit: citizenside.com

Hickling Broad. Picture: David Pattrick

Hickling Broad. Picture: David Pattrick - Credit: David Pattrick

Thatched boathouses at Hickling Broad. Picture: Ron Graham

Thatched boathouses at Hickling Broad. Picture: Ron Graham - Credit: Ron Graham

Wintery reflections at the How Hill nature reserve with the famous Turf Fen windmill. Picture: Ben K

Wintery reflections at the How Hill nature reserve with the famous Turf Fen windmill. Picture: Ben Keating - Credit: Ben Keating

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