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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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Hi Keith

If the beer's as good as they say at the Locks then I don't see an early start on the following morning being very likely!

You'll have to excuse my total ignorance here but roughly how long does it take for the tide to go out enough to make passage under Beccles bridge safe. Reading about the tidal currents in the Southern Broads has got me a little worried i have to admit. If it's going to be a little tricky then we may give it a miss until we have a little more experience under our belts. There have been plenty of other good reccomendations which I'm sure will keep us well and truly occupied.

Can't wait!!

Carol

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Without knowing the height of the boat, I can't answer that one. You may well find that with the roof back, the windscreen down etc, that you can get under at any tide. Bill is really the person to answer that one.

With regard to the currents, at Beccles, there will be little if any current, so no worries there. The current is only really a problem upto The Bell at St Olaves and The Reedham Ferry Inn. At Reedham there is normally a BA ranger to help you moor and remember to always moor against the tide. If stopping at St Olaves, because they like you to stern moor, I would only attempt this at slack water.

Keith

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Many thanks Keith and also to everyone else for your help.

We'll make sure we talk to Bill about it before we go and take it carefully. Wherever we end up going I think we are going to have a fabulous time and hopefully make a few new friends along the way!

Will let you all know how we get on and post a few pics when we get back!

Thanks again - Carol



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If you don't know this area have a look at Paul's map on www.shorebase.co.uk and you will find there are aerial photos and much more besides.  The New Inn at Rockland is doing good veggie meals I believe so might be worth considering for a first night. If staying at Norwich I'd moor at the up stream end near Bishops Bridge which you could walk over and have a look at the cathedral.  The ferry House at Surlingham has not been mentioned I think but is very close to the bird sanctury, And there's the Ted Ellis trust to think about as well.  You can willingly try and go both ways if you wish but the Yare itself proabely has enough to keep you going just by it's self. The shorebase site has links to both the Ted Ellis and Whittlingham web sites.

"If you are going to be like that, Darling, I won't let you be the Captain any more!"  Bill...

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Hi Carol
Welcome to the site,please enjoy.
by following most of our esteemed members advice  you
will find every decent pub on any of our rivers  Smile
i really like Oulton broad watching the sea going boats going through the lock.
Have a good holiday

roya

now about my bilges.

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Hi Roya & Bill - many thanks

Looks like it should definately be Rockland for the first night then. I've checked out shorebase and also bought a copy of the Broads Authority map which is extremely helpful. I think you're right, Bill, that there probably is enough to keep us going on the Yare alone but I think we'll avoid Norwich. We'll save the delights of Geldeston Locks until the next time!

I've lived in South Norfolk for 36 of my 39 years and, whilst I have visited parts the Northern Broads on countless occasions, for some reason I've never really visited many of the areas on the Southern Broads. Time to start putting that one right I think!

Carol



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