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 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.
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, Hickling
Dyke off Hickling Broad to the pub
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
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!
Thatched cottage overlooking Hickling Broad
Hickling Broad Property
Cottage overlooking Hickling Broad
Thatched boathouses at Hickling
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.
Norfolk Wildlife Trust Hickling Broad
Hickling Broad Visitor Centre
A bird hide at Hickling Broad
Hickling Broad Nature Reserve
Nature walk at Hickling Broad
Observation tower over Hickling Broad
Views out over the reeds towards Hickling Broad
Bird hide at Hickling Nature Reserve
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 pub at Hickling Green
Thatched cottage in Hickling Green
Hickling Green property
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.
The church of St. Mary at Hickling
Inside the church of St. Mary at Hickling, Norfolk
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.