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Whilst sitting in the pub the other day the wife mentioned that its about time we considered a week away, last time we escaped for a week was last May (Northern Broads on Salerno). I hadnt really considered the southern rivers before but Pacific Diamond has caught my eye, its available from 17th April, and  I remember its been recommended a few times on here. We would also consider crossing Breydon Water, but the crossing times early that week dont look great, is it doable?

Any suggestions for what to do? Our two favourite locations on the Northern rivers are St Benets Abbey and the White Horse Neatishead.We both want a relaxing holiday with a bit of nature watching, some nice archaeology / architecture, and I like to find good pubs and nice food. Best nights have been moored at St Benets.

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Jon

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For history and architecture you can't beat Norwich and beccles in the south. If its nature you are after then you won't be disappointed by Bargate/Surlingham broad at Brundall.

My own suggestion would be if you have not been to Norwich try there first . The yacht station is ideally placed to explore the city which has many attractions and places of interest.  You could easily spend a week there and still find different things to see. Also the peregrine falcons are currently nesting on the cathedral spire and the young may well be around in April.

If you decide on Norwich then I would not bother about Breydon  and the north as too much of  you break would be spent commuting the uninteresting Yarmouth to Acle section.

Have fun

Graham

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We've cruised the southern rivers quite a bit, try the Ferry Inn at Surlingham for good food and a very friendly welcome. Depending on what boat you have and the bridge height at Beccles you could try the trip from Beccles to Geldeston, really pretty part of the river, its a bit like Wroxham to Coltishall in the north. I think there are about two or three free moorings in Geldeston, very peaceful and a nice pub there too, cant remember the name of it - there is the Lock too but its the other one in the village.  Great food! We really like Loddon too although it can get busy. The pub at Somerleyton (where we are moored) is another nice pub, and the village is well worth a walk around.  That seems to have covered the pubs part of your question anyway  Smile  Have a great time. Bev



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I can say diamond is a lovely boat i had her out on her maiden voyage as a pacific boat and was very pleased with diamond overall, lovely boat and pacific a great yard, ive reviewed the boat on the hireboat section here and passed on advice etc, diamond is lovely and pacific a great boatyard.

As for crossing breydon, very do-able diamond has a 50hp (i think) nanni and packs a punch when needed so the tide against you isnt a huge issue, also diamond is very frugal on diesel ive had her out for 2 holidays 3 weeks in total and been very suprised how little diesel it used. We came back against a tide on our last trip on diamond no issue at all.

Southern broads are lovely, burgh castle, loddon itself, beccles and norwich all favourites.

Most of all enjoy.

Bob

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Jon, I can't give you any advice on the boat other than to say I have
only heard good things said about Pacific, people who have hired
from them in the past seem to think they are a great company. As for
the Southern Broads I would say you won't be dissapointed, as has
been said Norwich is a great city to explore with lots of things to see
and do. Beccles is a lovely town and for me Oulton Broad is the jewel
in the Broads crown. As for wildlife, the opportunities are unlimited,
Rockland and Surlingham Broads are great places to moor and
watch the Birds with the possibilty of seeing Otters and even Deer,
Whitlingham and Strumpshaw fen are well worth a visit both for the
wildlife or if you just fancy a nice walk. The pubs and restaurants on
the South are excellent in the main and the fact that fewer boats visit
the area it is all together more relaxed than the Northern Broads.
Having previously being moored on the Northern Broads for 7 years
we have found the last 3 years on the South a refreshing change.
Pubs and restaurants? Your spoiled for choice but a few I'd
recommend
Oulton Broad, The Commodore, Ivy House Hotel(Crooked Barn),
Red Herring (is it still called that) Tides.
River Yare Beauchamp Arms, Coldham Hall. Rockland Broad, The
New Inn Watersedge.
Brundall, if you want something special, Lavendar House
Norwich, Zaks, Thai on the River, Hot Chips, Tratorria Rustica,
Brummells seafood restaurant.

There are loads more dependant on your budget and taste.


Dave
Cheers

Je Suis Charlie

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Cheers for all the info, think we are going to go for it. Quiet familiar with Norwich, on the northern rivers we have moored in Wroxham and got the train in, a friends recently moved there as well so have been out and about in the city with him. Talking it through with the Mrs and the main thing we want is peace and quiet, quiet happy to spend a few days reading if the weather is bad.

Pacific Diamond does look great, wish there were a few more photos of the inside on their website.

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G'day Jon

One pub not mentioned and IMHO very good is the Bell at St Olaves

But as Dave has mentioned many good pubs on the south side

Regards
Dave Downunder

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Jon hi,

As posted before

I found Pacific Diamond to be very nice looking, comfortable and easy to handle solo.  
She has steps both sides of the cockpit area making easy access for stepping on to the river bank.  The ropes were extra long allowing them to be laid down the side of the boat where I would step off from the helm.

The steering is almost central which posed no problem.  I did find the view to the port side was somewhat restricted with the roof up but brilliant with the roof open. The roof being split in two made it quick and simple to open.

If you are sitting on the sofa area there is no view to the front looking out as the windscreen/window is high up.  On the plus side it allows natural light without people being able to see into the boat when you first get up.

All in all a very nice boat at a very fair price.  Would I hire Pacific Diamond again?   Yes I would.

I have attached a couple of pics which could give you a rough idea of the saloon.


Kind Regards
Alan...
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Another pic

Kind Regards
Alan...
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Another pic

Sorry duplicate pic dunce

Kind Regards
Alan...
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