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Hi this is my first visit to this site,i am on a cruising holiday,starting from Wroxham,2nd June.It will be the first time i have done this type of holiday,i am hoping for any information,from the more experienced as to what i can expect?,safety tips good mooring sites etc,being the complete novice any help/tips appreciated....Paul

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Hi - assuming your boat will go under Wroxham Bridge, Coltishall a
couple of hours up river is worth a visit with public moorings on the
common and overnight moorings are available at Anchor Moorings -
Francis and Lenny will welcome you and its just a short walk to the
pubs and shops (I suppose i'm biased as I moor here myself). This part
of the river can be a bit quieter and may give you time to get used to
your boat - just remember the speed limits and slowly slowly is the
game, then if your unsure of anything, you have plenty of time to
rectify yourself or stop if you have to. Barton Broad is also worth a visit
and stop overnight out on the broad, using the mudweight on your
boat- nothing finer on a summers eve. Horning is always worth a visit
but can be busy and finding a space can be difficult at times. If you
moor at Ranworth then the trip to the top of the church is worth the
effort and a spectacular view will greet you at the end of your climb. If
you decide to go further south and need to cross Breydon Water then
take advice from your hirer or one of the Yacht Stations. It's a big
expanse of water to cross and tidal - so crossing at slack water is
essential and needs planning. Best idea is to pick up a couple of maps
or guide books - plenty available in the shops at Wroxham. If your
planning a route/itinery -  remember that your boat is only supposed
to go a little more than a walking pace in most places, so what would
take a few minutes in a car can take hours on the boat - but thats all
part of the pleasure! Have fun.

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hi 1889red
welcome to the site , you'll get all the infomation you need on the site from all the good members we have .
you can buy a video/cd from blakes/ hoseasons called " cruise with confidence " .in this you get mooring tips / river speeds / and apporaching bridges and passing yachts .
also at the bottom of the page you can buy " the norfolk broads guide book " full of good infomation , pubs / villages / moorings .
but no doubt plenty of good advice after this post from our members
good luck

steve and vicky

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Hi,
red and navigator, welcome to the site,as steve sayes if you trawl back through all the threads you will find lots of help,
but please ask at any time cos we are all here to help Smile

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Welcome novice Paul (1889red) and Navigator, obviously not a novice.  
As Navigator says the trip up to Coltishall is very pleasant although it makes a good last night stop being just over the hour from Wroxham. Stop off at the mooring for Belaugh Church, on your right as you head upstream, for an attractive church interior with a good rood screen, but they all seem to in Broadaland. One point: Navigator mentions the Anchor moorings and these are very good, a great favourite in the days of the hotel, and you get a good welcome but there is a fee.  The ones alongside the common are free and nearer the pubs. We moored there last time at the very start of the moorings and behind us perched on a thin red marker post was a kingfisher whilst quartering the meadow opposite was a barn owl. Many years ago fishing there I caught a rainbow trout all of (well almost) 3" long.  It is things like these that keep drawing us back.
Navigator was right. Nearer two hours at a nice gentle speed.
BOF - Clive

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Navigator,Thanks for the tips,will endevour to have a look up river as suggested,providing as you say air draught allows[learning all the boat speak by now,mind you i first thought a boats air draft was what you got with the windows open.]Many thanks.Paul

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Hi Steve,Vicky,Thanks for the advice.We will look at what you suggest,nice to see how many people responded to my mayday.Thanks,Paul.

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Roya,Thanks,we will do that,seems to be lots of good advice attached to site.Thanks,Paul.

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Navigator is "spot on" the reaches above Wroxham are some of the best on the Broads. Thankfully a lot of boats can't get up that way, so it's still very peaceful, apart from the day boats.

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Hi Bof2,Clive,sounds idylic,like the thought,sound of all thr nature at your doorstep,so to speak.I have listed one of my hobbies as shooting,but its only of the clay kind,look forward to seeing it close up.Thanks,Paul.

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