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A lovely Broadland village, close to the sea and split into 2 parts, located at the head of largest of the Norfolk Broads.

An Introduction to Hickling and Hickling Broad

Hickling Broad
Hickling Church
Hickling Property
PLeasure Boat Pub
Observation Tower

Hickling is a great place to base your holiday in Norfolk as it is close to both the Norfolk Broads and the Norfolk Coast. The village is spread out and split into two main parts, Hickling Heath and Hickling Green. Hickling Heath is on the edge of Hickling Broad (the largest of the Norfolk Broads) and has a staithe, private moorings and a pub (Pleasure Boat Inn). Hickling Green is mainly residential, but well worth a visit as it has a pub (The Greyhound), church and many pretty cottages. Nearby, there is a large nature reserve, which consists of marked paths, observation tower and viewing platforms.
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Hickling Guided Picture Tour

We start our tour of Hickling at Hickling Heath, situated at the edge of Hickling Broad. Here you will find the Pleasure Boat Inn, boatyard, sailing club and private moorings. There are plenty of 24 hour public moorings in the dyke down to the pub.
Pleasure Boat Inn
Pleasure Boat Inn, Hickling
Hickling Heath
Dyke off Hickling Broad to the pub
Hickling Boat Mooring
A private yacht moored at Hickling

Between Hickling Heath and Hickling Green, we come to a track that leads along the edge of Hickling Broad. This track is a lovely stroll and gives some wonderful views out over Hickling Broad. The path eventually leads to the nature reserve (footpath only) via a farm.
Staithe Road, Hickling
Hickling Broad
View through the reeds at Hickling
Along the way, there are some lovely cottages that face Hickling Broad, some with verandas to enjoy the sunset over the water. Even the boathouses are thatched here!
Hickling Cottage
Thatched cottage overlooking Hickling Broad
Hickling Property
Hickling Broad Property
Broads Cottage
Cottage overlooking Hickling Broad
Thatched Boathouses
Thatched boathouses at Hickling
Thatched Boathouse
Hickling Broad boathouse

There is a large nature reserve at Hickling. This has a visitors centre, and many marked paths out over the edges of the Broad, with observation towers, bird hides and viewing platforms. There are also plenty of places to sit and enjoy the surroundings or spot the local wildlife, with many fine views out over the reeds and Hickling Broad itself.
Nature Reserve Sign
Norfolk Wildlife Trust Hickling Broad
Visitor Centre
Hickling Broad Visitor Centre
Viewing Platform
A bird hide at Hickling Broad
Viewing Platform
Hickling Broad Nature Reserve
Marked Paths
Nature walk at Hickling Broad
Observation Tower
Observation tower over Hickling Broad
Reed View
Views out over the reeds towards Hickling Broad
Bird hide at Hickling Nature Reserve
Hide View
Watching Wildlife

Returning back to the village, we come to Hickling Green, which is mainly residential, with a pub (The Greyhound) and many pretty properties (but no shop).
The Greyhound
The Greyhound pub at Hickling Green
Hickling Cottage
Thatched cottage in Hickling Green
Hickling Property
Hickling Green property
Village Sign
Village Sign

A little way out of Hickling is the large parish church of St Mary. Inside you will find an interesting old horse drawn hearse, provided by the local history group.
Hickling Church
The church of St. Mary at Hickling
Church Inside
Inside the church of St. Mary at Hickling, Norfolk
Old hearse in Hickling church


Hickling summary of what to SEE and DO

Enjoy the views out over Hickling Broad
Enjoy a refreshment in the pub or Inn
Take a walk along the edge of the Broad
Launch a sailing dinghy or hire a day boat
Visit the Nature Reserve and visitors centre
Explore Hickling Green and the church

Our Verdict

Hickling is an ideal base for your Norfolk Holiday. You have both the Norfolk Broads and the Norfolk Coast on your doorstep. A trip to Norwich or Great Yarmouth is also a good day trip. Hickling itself has a good village pub and fabulous walks with views over the broad.
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