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Aug-24-2004 @ 12:42 PM                           Permalink
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This year marks my 25th year of Broads holidays, I was 11 when when we first started. Over the years we have holidayed on boats, houseboats and cottages and this September for the first time in a motorhome. As a celebration I have also taken the plunge and booked a boat from Woods Dyke over the chritmas period. this will be the first time I have visited the area in winter and would appreciate any advice on what to expect,i.e. information on places to take on water, places to avoid, moorings (especially Wroxham), oh, and Pubs of course. Thanks in advance

Diolch yn fawr/Best regards / Saludos / Mit freundlichen Grüßen

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Aug-24-2004 @ 3:20 PM                           Permalink
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well I went in feburary one year, and it was very quite, and bloody cold ! Didn't have any problems getting water at boatyards as I recall. but a lot of places were closed, but the ones that were open were great (I guess they cater to the locals)

the scenary was wonderful as well

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The Broads is a totally different place in the winter. There are virtually no boats and some great wildlife is on view once the visitors have gone.

Bear in mind that the weather can be poor. In cold weather, the rivers freeze over. In wet weather, you get floods. High water is a common problem in the winter and this can cause problems with access to some places. How Hill was bad last winter.

I was walking by the river at How Hill on Christmas morning last year and saw one boat doing the same thing that you are planning. I think it is a great way to spend Christmas.

Mooring won't be a problem, you will have the place to yourself. Quite a lot of places will be shut for the winter, but the pubs keep going. Last winter, The Kings Arms in Ludham was doing 2 for 1 in the carvery. That's as much as 2 people can eat for £6.50. So there are good deals to be had.

The churches will be open and welcome visitors at Christmas time. Lots of services and special events.

There are some winter trips on the Electric Eel with mulled wine and mince pies at Toad Hole. Good fun.

Enjoy the trip

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Aug-25-2004 @ 1:49 AM                           Permalink
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We have done this several times, well worthwhile. As at last New Year, water is available at Ludham Bridge, Ranworth and Neatishead Staithe, as well as a few boatyards. Pump-out also at the few yards who are open (Moonfleet for one). Ice can be a limiting factor - Barton freezes at the drop of a hailstone, Ranworth quite easily too, and Thurne Dyke can be a bit solid in the morning. Take the usual safety precautions only more so. Good luck.

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Ice on the deck is a major problem, as well as stepping off the boat to moor up. The wood gets very nasty !

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How cold does it get ? ......


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This cold


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..and sometimes (rarely on the Bure, thank goodness)..

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Please find a boat with the following, central heating throughout including all cabins,there is nothing worse on a winters morning than having to wake the wife up at 8 am to turn the central heating on and make a cup of tea ( dont forget about the service batteries on board and dont forget to charge them, take thick clothing norfolk is a very cold place you wouldnot believe thick socks and strong shoes are a must.If you must drink and drive you will have the waters to yourself including the pubs and restaurants, remember to book up early for xmas/ boxing day.


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The broads out of season are a totaly different world,  a couple of years ago i cruised from Potter Heigham to Sutton Staithe in March and never saw another boat. The moorings are empty, and best of all the pubs only have the locals and people like us in!!

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