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High Point: 5m
Population: 2
Size:
Wild Factor: 8 out of 10

Overview: Haddiscoe Island offers a unique landscape in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, being an inland island consisting of approximately 800 hectares of marshland and a scattering of remote houses. It is separated from the mainland by the tidal River Yare, River Waveney and the New Cut. The area is rich in wildlife, with Chinese water deer frequently seen, together with marsh harriers, herons, geese and owls to name a few. Cattle graze freely during most of the year. The historic pumping mills are the only features on the horizons that idyllically punctuate the huge Norfolk skies and stunning sunsets. This is an island far away from the hustle and bustle of the Norfolk coastal towns, and it can only be accessed from the beautiful riverside village of St Olaves.

Type of island: inhabited

Location: Norfolk

How to get to Haddiscoe Island: St Olaves is half way between Great Yarmouth and Beccles along the A143

Getting around Haddiscoe Island: there is public footpath around the whole perimeter of the island

Best time to go to Haddisco Island:
this circular walk in the Norfolk Broads can be completed at any time of the year. In the summer months the path may become overgrown with long grass, so timing your walk when the grass has been cut will make your walk easier. For wildlife lovers spring is a good time to see damselflies and swallows; summer for the marsh harrier and the purple sea lavender; autumn for migrants like warblers; and winter for waterfowl and geese.

Access to Haddiscoe Island:
the only point of access to the island is from St Olaves along the A143, following the footpath signs west of St Olaves Bridge or beneath Haddiscoe Cut Bridge

Dog friendly: Yes

Food and drink:
The historic Bell Inn, St Olaves offers good pub grub and has a lovely garden alongside the River Waveney; Priory Farm Restaurant, St Olaves offers excellent traditional food in a an atmospheric, converted barn

Accommodation on Haddiscoe Island:

Camping:
Reedham Ferry Complex – pub and riverside site on the Norfolk Broads with a short drive to Haddiscoe island. Lots of space and access to the river for paddle boarding, fishing etc.

Motorhomes:
Priory Farm Caravan and Motorhome CL site located in St Olave’s at the start of the walk. Located on the edge of Hillside Animal Sanctuary with electric hook up, water and waste disposal and best of all the most beautiful views over the surrounding grazing paddocks. The site is dog friendly. No children. Right next door to Priory Farm Restaurant which is locally renowned for good value food and a 2 minute walk to Norfolk’s oldest recorded pub situated on the banks of the river Waveney.

Accommodation:
Red Mill – £600 – £1500 per week – a renovated windmill on Haddiscoe Island with plenty of character, overlooking Berney Arms, the water and marshes. A perfect place to get away from it all.

Best things to do on Haddiscoe Island: 

  • Walk the 20 km circuit of the island
  • Explore the historic mill
  • Post walk pint at the Bell Inn, reputedly Broadland’s oldest recorded pub

Nearby islands: whilst you are there, why not explore:
Scott Head Island, Norfolk

  • Look out for:
    • Marsh harriers
    • Chinese water deer
    • WW1 bunker next to St Olaves Bridge
    • St Olaves Priory - 14th-century ruin with amazing vaulted ceiling

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52.561726, 1.609876

About Us

Hi I’m Lisa. Welcome to Islandeering I’m an islandeer, author and marine conservationist and passionate about sharing what I have learnt from my travels around the islands of the British Isles to help you find an adventure. I started the project 12 years ago after I had one of those light bulb moments and realised the pure magic that islands held for me. After meeting so many people on their island travels who shared my passion and told me that I must share my experiences so that others could do the same I set up Islandeering.com, where we are passionate about promoting responsible travel to our great British islands.
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Distance: 19 km
Difficulty: Easy
Method: Walking
Wow Factor: 7 out of 10

Key Facts

  • Location: St Olaves, Norfolk
  • Size: 800 ha
  • Terrain: Rough grass
  • Access: Footpath
  • Height gain: 23 metres
  • Map: OS Explorer 40
  • Starting point: Haddiscoe Cut Bridge, St Olaves (GR TM 45383 99140)
  • Accommodation/food:

    Check out the visiting facts for the island here

  • Island Summary:

    The circular walk around the perimeter of Haddiscoe Island is a great place to get away from it all. The entire route is on top of the banks of the River Waveney, River Yare and The New Cut. It starts at the beautiful riverside village of St Olaves and heads along the straight dyke of the New Cut towards the ‘resort’ village of Reedham. Following the dyke north east along the tranquil waters of the River Yare, the iconic mill and buildings of Berney Arms and Mill on the opposite river bank are then passed almost where the Rivers Yare and Waveney meet. The northern tip of the island, dips into the western reaches of the large stretch of water, known as Breydon Water, with the Roman ruins of mainland’s Burgh Castle claiming much of the view. The return leg at times tracks inland offering great views across the whole island with tantalising glimpses of the River Waveney through the reed beds.

  • Look out for:
    • Historic pumping mills
    • Chinese water deer
    • Marsh harriers
    • Snakes!
  • Route description:

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  • Getting there:

    St Olaves is half way between Great Yarmouth and Beccles along the A143

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