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Hi All

Apologies for probably covering ground covered many times before but we are on the Broads in June and although not making a full plan for the week we are looking at possible places we would like to go.

Does anyone have any experiences or knowledge of Ludham Bridge?  We are on Distant Horizon 2 again which I believe has 8'5" clearance and a couple of years ago we weren't sure one day if we could get under based on the gauge board so we didn't.

We plan to do a couple of nights on the Ant but visit Wroxham and places on the Bure in between so we were wondering what the usual (rough) height of Ludham Bridge is at high tide?  We have the low water times printed out but we aren't sure how close to high tide we may be able to get under the bridge.  

I know a lot is weather/rain dependant but just wondered if there was any advice out there?

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CJ

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8 feet 6 inches at medium summer high water according to
http://www.mynorfolkbroadsboating.co.uk/norfolk%20broads%20bridge%20clearance.html
(printable guide)

Check the boats info pack, the one we had with a Richardsons boat had bridge info in it, they also gave us a very good map.



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Captain_J hi,

As JohnC Says the figures I have are approx. 8ft 6ins clearance at average high water. At low water the figures I have are approx 9ft 1 ins to 9ft 3ins.  Approx being the word.

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Alan...
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Cheers for the responses.  In theory then we can probably expect to get Distant 2 under it most of the time as long as its not at the top point of high tide.

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I’ve hired this boat and it has no upper windscreen to fold down so you gain a couple more inches of clearance – suffice to say having passed through the bridge one day with about 8ft 5” on the upstream gauge, upon my return through the bridge the following day the downstream gauge read around 8ft.  I’m here ok; the boat is fine too so it can be done.

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If you get there and decide that you dont like the look of it you can always drop back down to St Benets and moor there, think its about a mile.

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I posed a similar query on another forum in respect of Challenger - which is listed at 9' clearance.

The boatyard stated that they very rarely have issues with hirers getting under, and if we felt it a bit tight - we should moor up and give the yard a call and they will assist.

You have greater clearance, so just plan to travel this bridge with low water.

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With the usual caveats regarding atmospheric pressure and wind speed and direction we always work on the following.

High water Ludham Bridge is 4 hours after high water at Gorleston/Yarmouth Bar  (not the GY yacht station).

Low water Ludham Bridge is 11 hours after the same high water as above.

The river gets squeezed at the bridge and flows through quite strongly - so aim to have maximum control for stopping etc by going against the flow.  Yes it may cost a bit more fuel but you will get added control of the boat in a tight bridge-hole.

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For five years I hired Fair Diplomat with an airdraft of 8ft 6 we
manage to get under Ludham (albeit waiting for low water) for four of
these years and the year we were unable to the bridge levels were
very high if I remember right I think Ludham was max 8ft 2 during
that visit , we also hired Fair Aristocat a couple of years with an
airdraft of 8ft 6 and we passed under Ludham with no trouble at all
on those visits .
So unless the weather conditions are exceptional during your visit
then there should be no problems at all with your passing under
Ludham , if when you arrive you are unsure why not moor up and
ask Jason at LBBY he is very knowledgable and I have always found
him most approachable (also if you need it he does a very good
pump out service)

no traffic, no fumes, no traffic wardens.......bliss!!

simon


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Them bridge height gage is about 5in out I can get under at 8ft and I'm 8' 6" on just but I clear


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