Things to do in Great Yarmouth

Breydon Water

Breydon Water is a local nature reserve that is the gateway to the Broads river system on the eastern edge of the Halvergate Marshes

Breydon Water is the UK’s largest protected wetland, at 5km long and more than 1.5km wide in places. It is overlooked at the southern end by what remains of the Roman fort at Burgh Castle.

The Rivers Yare, Bure and Waveney flow into Breydon Water, which connects the Northern Broads to the Southern Broads. Access to points on the River Yare to Norwich and to points to Oulton Broad and Beccles on the River Bure requires transit across Breydon Water. Safe passage for boats is indicated by red and green marker posts.

Under the care of the RSPB, there is a bird observation hide at the east end of Breydon Water on the north shore. It looks out towards a breeding platform mainly used by common terns. Other birds that can be spotted include shelduck, shovelers, oystercatchers and yellow wagtails. In the winter, thousand of golden plovers, wigeons, lapwings and Bewick’s swans use the reserve to overwinter.

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Browse days out that you can access across the Wherry Lines.