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As an aside, it used to say, very clearly on a large sign by The Rising Sun that hire boats were not permitted beyond that point.

I know the sign hasn't been there for some time now, but is that simply because it fell down, broke or something and hasn't been replaced, BUT the requirement to go no further if in a hire boat still exists? The issues with weed , even on the main run from Wroxham to Coltishall ( The Green) are well known to cause problems that the yards get called out to ( blockages, overheated engines etc) .  I know when we hired in the past we were given a map which I'm sure said not to venture beyond the Rising Sun.

I'm sure this has come up before. So can anyone enlighten us on the situation now? It has no consequence for us personally, but I'm just looking at the bigger picture of the forum sort of encouraging something the yards wouldn't want us to!

Cheers all, Karen

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Another thought - the op has asked if he " can turn at the pool at the top". The pool as I recall is at the end of the left fork which is not passable in a full size hire boat. Canoe or kayak maybe. Or has that section been cleared and opened up?

Karen

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Just to be clear, I was, of course, referring to the "pool" immediately before the true end of navigation at the old lock gates. I have taken various hire boats up to the lock on well over 20 occasions over many previous years and without any problems.
As my most recent visit was with a 35 ft Diamond last year, my prudent query was to seek advice/reassurance as to the current practicality of turning our next hire of 40 ft.
Thanks, as ever, for the helpful comments received.
I sincerely hope that my prudent query does not lead to any loss of hirers access to this navigable and beautiful short stretch of the Bure.

Cheers, Johnboy

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Hi John

I’m sorry for any confusion but I’ve never heard the area in front of the locks called the pool. Hence my comment.  The only “ pool” area in that sense of the word to me, is the area in front of the mill so I think it was right for me to seek clarification. It is important the forum doesn’t give out misinformation.  

If you’ve been going up there in hire boats for all those years you have probably passed the sign which prohibited hire boats beyond that point. Again, I have raised the query about any current restrictions so that the forum isn’t criticised for encouraging things that shouldn’t happen. It may be that the yards don’t bother now ,  but as a discussion forum I think it’s a valuable topic. And I was interested to know the current position myself. So thanks for bringing it up. If there is a restriction then it certainly won’t be your fault for bringing the topic up.

Karen.

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Karen is of course right about the hire boat sign - it always used to be there but has just disappeared or fallen over but for what its worth, I can think of several reasons why some yards might not necessarily be too happy if everyone trotted off up there.

If you took the left fork, it probably would not do your boat a lot of good if water levels were low, and also there have been occasions when some years, the weed by the Norfolk Mead can be quite thick, indeed right across the river virtually.

I am not trying at all to put anyone off, but if water levels are low, I always check my filter and invariably find stuff up there! As a Skipper its your decision!



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The sign Karen is referring to was removed many years ago. The river between Rising Sun and Coltishall lock was dredged almost 10 years ago, the trees were cut back to the bank on both sides of the river and have been maintained to this standard since.
There is a large sign at the fork of the river opposite Norfolk Mead advising not to enter the left hand fork due to underwater obstructions.
2 years ago climbers were used to clear the trees to a height to allow access to yachts with raised masts.
There are approximately 5 mooing spots and turning is no problem.
Andy  

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One thing to be aware of, though, is that the stretch between the lock and Coltishall Green is popular with wild swimmers (in the warmer weather). They don't always use orange marker floats, so may be difficult to spot.

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Apr-25-2022 @ 9:16 PM                           Permalink
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Thank you Andy for updating us , clears up any confusion,

steve and vicky
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Well we now know what the BA have done in terms of managing the last part of the navigation ( thanks Andy for giving the perspective  from the BA point of view ) but do all the yards now have no problem with all/any hire boats going beyond the pub ? Was the sign actually taken down because they don’t have the restriction any more ?  

We’ve been boating almost as long as the OP mentioned - best part of 30 years since we first hired (even before we met each other !) Hence I remember the sign. But we’ve owned for 16 years so I could ignore it after that! lol

Karen

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Thank you AJB.    That has put my mind at rest too.

Will definitely take the left hand direction.   I know they do cut the weed up there from time to time.



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