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Swimming along the Norfolk Broads
Swimming down the River Bure
Swimming is the more eco-friendly way to travel along the Broads

Swimming enthusiasts from around the country are coming to the Norfolk Broads to experience a very different type of holiday.

Swim Trek organise holidays specifically for people wanting to swim in unusual waterways.

"We take people to locations where people do think of going swimming, like the Norfolk Broads," said Simon Murie, founder of the organisation.

The swimmers are accompanied by a guide in a canoe so that everyone is safe.

The three day swimming adventure starts at Aylsham and runs along the River Bure.

"I'm here to make sure you can swim down the river properly and keep you away from any swans, cows or and other dangers we might see," said Rachel, the canoe guide.

So why on earth would anyone want to swim in the Norfolk Broads?

"I'd never really been to Norfolk before so thought I'd discover a new place and see what it was like," said Mel, one of the holiday swimmers from London.

"I did the swim trek in Greece and I wanted to do something like that again."

Swimmers at the River Bure, Norfolk

The Broads route lead swimmers from Aylsham, to Brampton and Oxnead Mill before setting up camp at Skeyton.

The following day, those still happy to carry on go passed Little Hautbois and finish the day in the grounds of the historical Horstead Mill.

"You get to see a variety of wildlife, a myriad of scenery and you just let the water take the strain," said Simon Murie.

So if you want to see Norfolk from a different perspective, get your trunks on and get splashing.


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