Part of the Bure Marshes National Nature Reserve, Cockshoot Broad is one of the most peaceful, and beautiful, stretches of water in the area. Famous for its expansive water lily beds, the Broad is a fantastic place to escape the hustle and bustle of the modern world and get close to nature.
One of the best ways to explore the Broad and the surrounding countryside is by foot. Walking along the footpaths and boardwalks that criss-cross the area gives you the perfect chance to get up close to the insects, birds and other creatures that call the Broad home. Spend a morning strolling around the area to get an even better appreciation for this beautiful landscape.
Although there are a number of footpaths in the area, the most famous is the boardwalk that runs from Cockshoot Dyke down towards the Ferry Inn. Running along the banks of the waterway, this boardwalk has long been a popular route for those looking to enjoy the Broads. A ferry service links Cockshoot Broad with the Ferry Inn, allowing walkers to pop over the River Bure for a tasty meal or a well-deserved drink.
The root itself is flat and easy to navigate. However, in recent years the landlord of one section of the path has closed access to the public. Although some sections of the boardwalk are still open, you’ll need to check if full access is available before you set off. To guarantee access to the path, arrive at the top of Cockshoot Dyke by boat and join the boardwalk from there.
The boardwalk itself is flat, easy to navigate and suitable for people of all ages. However, with some sections no longer being maintained due to the ongoing access dispute, the quality of the path can’t be guaranteed.
As the Cockshoot Dyke nature walk takes you through pristine countryside and along peaceful waterways, there are very few amenities en route. If your stomach starts to rumble or you need to quench your thirst with a refreshing drink, pop over the river to the welcoming Ferry Inn. The ferry service that connects the pub with the other side of the river runs throughout the summer months, although you may need to call the ferryman to arrange a lift.
Points of Interest
Along the way, you’re almost guaranteed to spot a variety of local insects, plants and animals. The area is well known for its abundance of damselflies and colourful dragonflies are also common across the Broads. A number of bird hides dot the route, giving you plenty of opportunities to spot the beautiful winged creatures that pass through the area every year.
Just one of a large number of beautiful walks located across the Broads, this pretty pathway offers a great introduction to the local area. Take a look at our site for more information on long- and short-distance walking routes in the region.