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Hello to everyone

I'm new to these boards - been "lurking" for a while and it seems to be a very friendly and informative place!

My husband and I have booked a boat for 3 nights in September starting from Loddon and I was wondering if any of the members could give any reccomendations as to possible routes we could do in this time staying in the Southern Broads area. Are there any must do's and dont's given that we are pretty inexperienced?

We had 2 extremely enjoyable and relaxing holidays on the Northern Broads in the mid 80's and have always wanted to do it again, but unfortunately we are only able to get away for 2-3 nights at a time.

We want to have a fairly leisurely break although would like to see as much as we can. Would preferably love to have good real ale pubs to moor at, or near for the nights, preferably ones that do some decent vegetarian food!

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

Many thanks - Carol



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Welcome Adnams Girl,

There is an old relic you must go and see if you do go south.

I've never seen it myself but if you get around Chedgrave way keep an eye out for the lesser spotted Bill Maxted  Evil Grin

Regards

Paul H

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Hi Carol

Welcome to the site.

I guess everyone likes different things, but for me the biggest recommendation I would say is to go under Beccles Old bridge.

The river doesn't contune much further but it's like another world!  I only went under because another forum member reccomended it but the area immediately under is very attractive, and then its very leafy, remote and attractive for the rest of the short trip - and we saw a few, or possibly the same Kingfisher in this area which was nice to see.

I guess I best point out not all boats will fit under the bridge...but good news is the one your hiring will.

Whatever you decide have a great trip, look forward to hearing about it on your return.

Dan

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Hi Adnamsgirl,

Firstly I would visit Norwich as a daytime visit, but dont moor there overnight. One or two people have experienced rowdyness from the local leisure park and in extreme cases had their mooring ropes untied.

On the way to Norwich, there is the Whitlingham country Park which is well worth a visit, again a daytime stop as there is no pub there, unless you fancy a very quiet remote night.

Thorpe is a good overnight stop, The Rushcutters is one of my favourite pubs. You can either moor in Thorpe, which means getting under a very low bridge, or moor just outside in Commisioners Cut, which is away from the road and about a 10 minute walk back to Thorpe.

Bramerton Woods End is another good stop for walking and plenty of moorings for the Woods Inn.

The pub at Rockland Broad has changed hands and the menu looked particulerly good there, with a good vegatarin selection. I haven't eaten there yet, so if you do please report back on the food.

Going the other way Reedham is worthy of a stop, as is The Bell Inn at St Olaves, however I'm sure Bill would appreciate you timing your arrival at slack high or low water. At any other time the current rips through there and mooring can be very tricky Smile

Going further up the river, The Dukes Head and the estate at Somerleyton are worth a visit.

If you skip going towards Norwich and just headed South, you could get to The Waveney River Centre, Beccles and Geldeston which has another of my favourite pubs The Locks Inn, really good ale from The Green Jack Brewing Company who own this pub. Depending on your preference, it's worth ringing ahead as they do have live local bands mainly Friday and Saturday, so you may want to try and avoid on these nights.

That's about it, so enjoy your holiday.

Keith

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I can't really comment about going South (still to do) but if you choose to go north into Norwich, as you'll find in many other threads, try not to stop there overnight. There's lots of loud drunks about who'll happily let your ropes out. Going out from Loddon really is nice, there are plenty of pubs and restaurants along the way.

Leaving Loddon, cruise down the Chet and turn left. You'll then get to the Ferry Inn. Carry on going up the Yare and you'll get to the Beauchamp Arms which I really liked.

Once you get to Brundall, have a look round. There's some lovely Gin Palaces (and Brooms boatyard) if you like that sort of thing and on weekends there's loads of Sailys about. Worth popping into the Chandlery / General Shop there too because it's accessible by boat and they are very friendly (although not too keenly priced!)

Past Brundall, you'll get into Thorpe.

Take the right turning (under the railway bridge - be careful in high tide because it's not that high especially at the other end!)

The run from Thorpe into Norwich is great. There's about 3 pubs on the River, The Rushcutters is probably the best for food although if you like different beers, the River Garden is interesting as it sells all sorts of beers from Europe.

After this, you've probably had enough beer! So a visit to Whitlingham Park is a nice way to take a wander. It's still in it's infancy, but there's some lovely walking around here.

If you do want to go into Norwich, just shut your eyes (no, not really!) as you go through Carrow Industry. Once you get to the Football Ground, it does improve (honest). You'll then get to the main bridges. Go past the Yacht Club, moor up at Bishops Bridge and take a wander round the town. It's the nicer end of town and you'll find the more traditional shops (although if you're local you probably knew this already)

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just shows eh Keith? we were writing the same thing at the same time! I forgot about Rockland. Definitely a must do too (and Bramerton) - if you don't fancy any more pubs, use the Public Mooring nearby. It's a nice area to take a walk. Watch out for the Waterskiers though

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Ironically, this is one of the areas I've been exploring more recently. Before buying my boat I used to hire on the Northern side and come round to the Southern side for a couple of days mid week.

Now that I own a boat and have it moored on the Southern side, the plan was to spend a week on the Northern side at the start and end of the season, and the middle of the season when the Northern side gets busy, exploring the quieter Southern side. So far I have actually managed a week on the Northern side, at Easter and early June and should be returning mid September and about five weekends on the Southern side. This weekend will be a long weekend exploring the Southern side with a stop at Loddon on Saturday for the BBQ.

Keith

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Wow - hello to all and many thanks for the rapid response!

That certainly gives me a good bit to think about. We're actually hiring mid-week, we pick up the boat at 10am on Monday 12th September and return at 10am on Thursday 15th, so I'm assuming that the waters will be fairly quiet?

We had thought about heading up to the area around Brundall on the first night and staying at Geldeston Locks on the Tuesday night, ( I went there for a drink a couple of times a few years ago and it did look like a very beautiful area). The only thing that worried me though was coming back under Beccles bridge on the Wednesday morning. If my calculations are correct ( which they quite possibly are not!!), it would mean coming back through around high tide which sounds rather scary! Would it be a problem?

Carol



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Your calculations are correct, high tide will be around 10am at Beccles on the Wednesday. I don't know the height of the boat your hiring, so check with Bill, as the problem could be Beccles old bridge. On the way back from Geldeston there are public moorings near the swimming pool, so you may need to moor there and take a walk around Beccles while waiting for the tide, alternatively a very early start may see you under the bridge in time, depending on how high the boat is.

Keith

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One thing in your favour is the predicted high water for that period, is low compared to other times of the month.

Keith

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