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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.

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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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If the weather should prove indifferent Norwich is worth thinking about for a daytime stop over with maybe a stop at Whittlingham as well. Next time think about starting from Topcraft and working round to Beccles and Somerleyton. If out of season Jim may well in able to adjust the period to suite.

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

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heh adnamsgirl,
from burgh st peter to beccles...very nice,from beccles to geldeston. breathe taking.
les..

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AdnamsGirl - sounds like my kind of Lady! Welcome to the site, I hope you have found the advice you needed. Maybe I should ditch "boatboy" for "woodfordesfellow"

There is no right or wrong to where you go from Loddon, only right or left (at the end of the Chet, that is!) Both available routes are super, my preference would be to turn right and head to Oulton Broad and Geldeston. You asked what are the must sees on the Southern Rivers and for me these are number 1 (Oulton Broad) and 2 (The stretch between Beccles old bridge and Geldeston) in order. Beccles would run anywhere else a close third. You can take all these in with a leisurely three days from Loddon.

Via Oulton, Loddon to Geldeston is 28 miles, but when you arrive at Geldeston you're only about an hour or so walk from where you picked the boat up!

I would head Loddon - Oulton on day one. There are plenty of good eateries in Oulton, the best Beer is usually found in the Commodore. Head down to Beccles the next morning, you can moor in the Yacht Sta. and enjoy the town, perhaps with lunch while you wait for your tide, under the bridge Mid afternoon then a real treat down to another great real ale pub at The Locks.

You dont want to be back under the bridge, certainly before two oclock the next afternoon so time for a lie in, a leisurly trot back to Beccles where you could stop at the Waveney House for lunch, again waiting for the tide to fall, then under the bridge and back to Reedham Ferry, about four hours travelling.

An 8.30 start next morning will have you back at Bill's by 9.30 in time to hand the boat back and off load by the 10.00 hand over time.

If you don't want to start that early carry on back to Loddon the previous day, moor at the village staithe and enjoy the Evening in Loddon - two or three nice pubs, my favourite is the Swan.

That said Rockland is very nice, another of my favourite places, Brundall is lovely as is Surlingham Broad, but not quite the magic of the other direction.

If you do go to Oulton, or decide on Rockland you will very probably have to moor stern on, so get Bill to give you a practice before you leave. Above all, have fun, stay safe and enjoy!

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