Access For All
The long-term aim of the Broads Authority and Norfolk County Council
is to improve access where possible and appropriate, along our entire
Much of the Wherryman’s Way runs along riverside footpaths
which can get wet and muddy during winter high tides, but on paths
that are less remote and difficult we are working with landowners
to replace stiles and improve surfacing so that more people can
get out and enjoy the wonderful Broads countryside.
Rockland St Mary
A new, 800 m easy access path has been created as part of the Wherryman’s
Way project. With wide expanses of beautiful grazing marshes on
one side and Rockland Broad on the other, the path leads to a wheelchair
accessible bird hide which gives a marvellous view over the calm
waters and wildlife of Rockland Broad.
- There are two parking spaces for disabled visitors in Rockland
Staithe car park.
- The width of the path is over 1 m at all times and there are
three passing bays along the path.
- There are two field gates with kitch-katch locks that self-close
to prevent livestock from escaping when the marshes are being grazed.
Visitors in wheelchairs who are on their own may find these gates
difficult to hold open.
- There is a turning point (2.4 m wide by 4 m long) at the end
of the path at the bird hide.
Visitors using larger motorised wheelchairs may need to consider
that as there is no space to turn in the bird hide they will need
to reverse about 15 m along the deck to get back out to the path
and turning place.
- There is only one turning point along the whole path that
may be big enough for larger motorised wheelchairs.
Wheatfen Nature Reserve, Surlingham (Ted Ellis Trust)
This magical nature reserve is a wonderful place to immerse yourself
in the sights, sounds and wonders of the Broads. The wheelchair
accessible boardwalk is about 300 m long but it's enough to take
you into another world…
Whitlingham Country Park
There is an easy access path of over two miles around Whitlingham
Great Broad - a fabulous place to enjoy all the natural wonders
of the Broads very close to the city of Norwich. The eastern section
of the path may become a little muddy in the winter months, but
is in generally good condition at other times.
For further information about these and other easy access opportunities
in the Broads please contact the Broads Authority.