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Exploring Norfolk – the National Park Dilemma

September 26, 2012

The Norfolk Broads are a sort of National Park. Well, they are in the family of National Parks, but not quite a proper National Park.

Puzzled? So am I.

River Bure near Horning church

When I was a council member of the CNP,  (Council (now Campaign) for National Parks), I used to sit through long meetings in London. Members of the Broads Society were there too, representing this (almost) National Park.

Certainly, the Norfolk Broads fulfil all the requirements of National Park status. Stunning scenery, potential for recreation, great landscape values. Yet, for some reason, they are not allowed the full designation of National Park.

Why not? I can’t begin to imagine.

If I were CNP and the Ramblers I would go further. I would not only seek the designation of the Norfolk Broads, but much of North Norfolk as well. The whole north of the county deserves much better protection than it gets. Great open spaces, some of the most important old churches in the land, villages of great beauty and historic interest, a coastline of great interest and one of the most important areas for wildfowl in the land.

It might even lead to the opening of the many obstructed footpaths and bridleways, where walkers and riders struggle to make their way across the land.

So come on CNP, Ramblers etc. Why don’t we stretch our National Park ambitions, starting here?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 26, 2012 8:49 am

    From someone who moved to Norfolk from a town for the same reasons as quoted here. Norfolk is always undersold! Why? It is such a lovely place peaceful. From the Wash to the Broads we need more people to recognise this and ‘up’ the status of Norfolk

  2. September 26, 2012 3:23 pm

    Couldn’t agree more!

  3. September 26, 2012 9:08 pm

    I must admit that Norfolk isn’t really my cup of tea but it’s one of my parents’ favourite areas and they’ve spent many a holiday on The Broads. I fully agree that it has everything it takes for a National Park and it does seem strange that they won’t let it have full status.

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