CRUISE THE BROADS THIS SUMMER: IT'S THE UK'S BIGGEST FREE FISHING AREA

From June 16th onwards when the closed season ends, anglers, families and friends can start thinking about packing their rods and heading for the Norfolk Broads for a week on a luxury self-drive cruiser from Connoisseur, the leading specialist in inland waterways boating throughout Europe.

With many sections of the Broads inaccessible by road, fishing by boat is the ideal way to go, and with your floating home-from-home you can explore at your own pace, finding tranquil havens to drop anchor or moor by a bank, as well as excellent berthing near village shops and waterside pubs for a change of scenery and pace of life.

Over 200 kilometres of waterway make the Broads the largest area of free fishing in the UK, and while some stretches require additional local permits, an Environmental Agency licence will allow you to fish to your heart’s content, for a catch that includes bream, roach, perch, chub, dace, pike, eels and more.

Environment Agency licences are available from every post office in England & Wales, or online at www.environment-agency.gov.uk, where you’ll also find details of the different sections of the Broads and what you should expect to catch.

No previous boating experience is needed, and from mid June, a week cruising from Connoisseur’s base at Wroxham in the heart of the Broads on a boat comfortably sleeping four, costs from £1049 (£262 per person per week).

Accommodation onboard includes a roomy saloon with a superb sliding roof enabling sunshine cruising and alfresco dining, a fully equipped kitchen, comfortable cabins, shower rooms and toilets. For more information visit www.connoisseurafloat.com or call 0870 160 5641.