From thatched boat houses to Hunsett Mill: 15 must-capture Broads highlights perfect for Instagram

Hickling Broad boat houses Picture Christopher Hill - Chill Photography

Hickling Broad boat houses Picture Christopher Hill - Chill Photography - Credit: Archant

Whether it's the children pond-dipping, grandma feeding the swans, gleaming cruisers or thatched boat houses, there's plenty to photograph on the Broads. We've compiled some of our favourite picture perfect spots.

Horsey Mere at sunset Picture Christopher Hill - Chill Photography

Horsey Mere at sunset Picture Christopher Hill - Chill Photography - Credit: Archant

1. The famous Swallowtail butterfly – Britain's largest butterfly can seem impossible to track down even though there's always someone who says they saw a host 'only yesterday'. Its extravagant black and yellow, long spiky tails and crimson splash spots are worth the hunt, however, and when the weather is glorious they can often be found at Catfield Fen and How Hill in particular – honest!

2. Sunrise – it's hard to beat an atmospheric early morning shot with the mist rising around silhouettes of buildings such as Thurne wind pump, Horsey wind pump, Herringfleet windmill or Hardley drainage mill. Sunsets also offer some particularly spectacular skies.

3. Ormesby Broad – there's so much to picture at this huge expanse of water from the vast view and old rowing boats to waving reeds, fishermen and wildlife.

4. A wooden boat – look out for the traditional wooden sailing boats from Norfolk Heritage Trust (based at Ludham).

Herringhfleet windpump at sunrise Picture Christopher Hill - Chill Photography

Herringhfleet windpump at sunrise Picture Christopher Hill - Chill Photography - Credit: Archant


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5. A holiday cruiser – the contrast between blue sky, holiday-makers wearing bright lifejackets and shining white cruisers reflected in sparkling water is true Broads holiday postcard material.

6. Racing sailing boats – capture the excitement of a fleet jostling for position.

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7. Animals on Halvergate marshes – take the five mile (eight kilometre) Halvergate Marshes and Weavers' Way circular walk starting at the village sign on The Street in Halvergate, on the outskirts of Great Yarmouth towards Norwich for good views.

8. The church tower at Ranworth – there are glorious views on a bright day from the top of the tower. It's quite a climb to the top, but you truly can see for miles.

Thurne Windpump at sunrise Picture Christopher Hill - Chill Photography

Thurne Windpump at sunrise Picture Christopher Hill - Chill Photography - Credit: Archant

9. Barton Broad – patient photographers are well rewarded at what's frequently called the prettiest broad. There's an abundance of bird life here for keen wildlife photographers.

10. River Ant – this feeds into Barton Broad and while trying to convey just how crystal clear this water runs is tricky, it's worth a try.

11. Little found spots – there are places where only shallow bottomed craft can explore. Try hiring a canoe at Wayford Bridge and paddling up the disused North Walsham and Dilham Canal for some low level, peaceful pictures,

12. Hunsett Mill – this red brick mill near Stalham dates back to the 19th century and is almost certainly one of the most photographed sites in the Broads National Park.

The clear waters of the River Ant, clsoe to How Hill

The clear waters of the River Ant, clsoe to How Hill - Credit: Archant

14. Thatched boat houses – while always fascinating to wonder who lives there and how often they take their boats out, thatch adds character to a picture too.

15. Green theme – embrace the reeds and myriad shades of greenery to capture a true picture of the Broads. Getting down to reed height, or waiting for the wind to ripple the long grass adds another dimension to your pictures.

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