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Hi Summertime.  

I still hire boats every year and come  rain or shine have yet to have a holiday I didn't thoroughly enjoy.  I think it only natural that you hear of the more extreme bad experiences and not so much of the good ones.

As far as pubs being shut down, the only riverside ones that I'm aware of are The Berney Arms and what used to be The Stracey Arms.  I know that The Beauchamp Arms, The Lord Nelson and The Lion Inn were closed for some time but I believe they have all since reopened.

Have a great holiday. Cheers

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"Oh and while I'm at it, it is a bloody National Park - it says so on the National Parks website"

It's a marketing name ONLY. Ask Defra.

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)

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Hi summertime

Like others I believe that overall the broads have improved  since the 70's. The water is cleaner, the fishing is better and sighting an otter or kingfisher more common..

I can add the broadshaven at potter as a closed pub but it was not much cop anyway. To compensate the falgate has reopened, the pub in Ludham village has increased its hours and menu and a brilliant cafe has opened in potter next to the broadshaven site.

You will find fewer sailing boats and more motor cruisers. These are longer, taller and those with diesel powered electric appliances more noisy but these are in the minority.

I would take no notice of the current fuss about stag parties as in the 70's I remember seeing boats of young men urinating from the cabin roof in unison as they went through horning .Not pleasant but definitely no worse now than then.

Overall I would currently give the Broads  8 out of 10. Yes the rubbish collection issue needs sorting and there are still a small number of areas where the buildings and boats are virtually derelict but that is about all.

Finally people are just as friendly and helpful as they have ever been.

Enjoy yourself


Graham

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Sums it up nicely Bill!!!

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Unfortunately not everthing is good news....I can no longer receive the BBC Light Programme in some areas [especially the Chet and the Yare ] and what use is a Sunday without the Billy Cotton Band Show and Round the Horne. On the plus side I,ve heard on the grapevine that Hughie Green is not currently on T.V. or radio in East Anglia. Yer wins some and yer loses some.
         Keep smiling, Brian.

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The Broads just gets better.  Pubs on the up since you were last here include the Thurne Lion and the White Horse at Neatishead.  Improved food and a cracking selection of beers.  Wildlife is blooming, herons, otters, kingfishers and even bitterns now regularly sighted, and marsh harriers commonplace.  Boaters as friendly as ever (apart from the handful of old grumps).  Weather brilliant (except when it's not).  

As others have said or implied, there are some folk with too much time on their hands who have nothing better to do than whinge or complain on a forum like this, and who are so knotted up by their belief in some kind of conspiracy to stop them boating that they have to hijack every thread (wait for it) with their rantings.

Come and enjoy the Broads National Park, it's lovely

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batrabill is exactly right.
The iffy aspects of the Broads have always been there. And most of those issues have improved over the years not got worse. In truth one or two aspects of Broadland life have gone a bit downhill (mostly caused by the more selfish aspects of life that are a reflection general society) but overall it is much better here than in previous generations.
As others have mentioned, water quality, wildlife, quality if not quantity of pubs and other services and a whole myriad of things can go in the plus column.
Still a great place.



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If there is any better place in the world please let me know.
            Brian.

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G'Day Summertime

We live in Australia and spend many thousands of dollars to come and enjoy the Norfolk Broads, we last visited in 2016, and next year we willbe back for 3 weeks to enjoy the broads again.

Some of the threads are disconcerting, and also had me concerned, but then I looked back on our Broads holidays (8 to date) and realised we had a fantastic time. The majority of changes are for the better.

If we did not love the holiday we would not spend 28 hours travelling in one direction, (and the same to return home) and spend thousands of dollars getting there, if it was not the best holiday in the world (in our opinion)

Relax and have a wonderfull time on the Broads

Regards
Dave Downunder

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Thank You all for your replies.

It seems the broads has changed but on the whole for the better in your views.

As Bill says only i can truly answer the question i posed. I am at least now looking forward to trying to answer it.



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The numbers of private boats increase, while the number of hire boats decrease. Perhaps one reason is because many hirers are now owners and are living the dream.

I met a middle-aged couple last week, who were having their first-ever Broads holiday. They had hired an aged bathtub and hated it, so much so that they were returning it a day early.

BUT, they absolutely loved the Broads, and will be hiring a more up-market boat for their Broads holiday next year.

'Nuff said!  Smile

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)

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