This page gives you a useful snapshot of the Broads by numbers.
To see these in context please visit our page for students and our section about how we look after the area.
- The broads, which are shallow lakes, did not occur naturally. They were formed in medieval times when peat was dug out to use as fuel for heating and cooking. Over the centuries water levels rose, the peat diggings became flooded and by the 14th century they were abandoned.
- The Broads joined the national park family in 1989.
- It is the only member of the national parks family in England embraced by a city - where the River Wensum runs through Norwich.
- It is one of the driest parts of the UK.
- Population: 6,300 approx.
- Visitors a year: 8m approx.
- Tourism economic impact: £568m approx.
- Area: 303 sq km
- Coastline: 2.7km
- Length of public footpaths: more than 190 miles (300km)
- Highest point above sea level: Strumpshaw Hill - approximately 38m
Council districts partly within the Broads: six
- North Norfolk
- South Norfolk
- Great Yarmouth
- Britain's third largest inland waterway
- Length of navigable waterways (rivers and broads): more than 125 miles (200km)
- Wensum (where it runs through Norwich)
Broads and other areas of open water: more than 60
- Three largest broads: Hickling, Barton, Oulton
- The Broads is a haven for a quarter of Britain's rarest species
- Rare birds you may spot: crane, bittern, marsh harrier
- Rare insects and a rare spider: Norfolk hawker dragonfly, swallowtail butterfly, fen raft spider
- Rare plants: milk parsley, holly-leaved naiad, water milfoil, fennel-leaved pondweed, stoneworts
- 28 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) cover nearly a quarter of the executive area
Buildings and boats
- Scheduled ancient monuments: 13
Traditional sailing wherries: eight