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Further afield the lawns lead to a small fishing lake, enclosed farm animals and private woodland.

The East Anglia / Norfolk region

Surlingham Broad sits south of a bend in the River Yare near Brundall, about five miles east of Norwich. The navigable part of the Yare begins in Norwich, with the river being joined by the River Waveney at Breydon Water and the River Bure at Great Yarmouth. This places the broad in the southern part of the Norfolk Broads area, as a large number of the broads sit next to the Bure and its tributaries to the north. The Yare is a tidal freshwater river, with the water level varying by up to a metre during each tide cycle. The river usually runs upstream in the Surlingham Broad area while the tide is coming in. While the north bank is occupied by riverside houses and busy fishermen, the other side of the river is shrouded by trees and other wild plants which hide the broad from the world.

The broad is named after Surlingham, a small village which lies further south from the river, with about a mile of waterways and carr woodland1 separating Brundall and Surlingham. Before the advent of fast transportation a ferry would operate across the Yare, a short way east of the broad, making it a three mile journey between the two villages. The ferry no longer operates, though the Ferry Inn still remains, so the shortest journey between the two villages is now nine miles via the A47 and A146. Another ferry used to exist about two miles downstream, between Claxton and Buckenham, but the only remaining ferry across the Yare now lies six miles to the southeast, at Reedham.