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Hi,

Having just looked at some areal photos of the Broads, it would appear that there's one heck of a lot more water than meets the eye.  It would seem that on many of the broads (take Hickling for example), there are many small dykes in the reeds, which interconnect numerous large waters in the middle of the reeds.

Does anyone know whether they are private?  Or would you be permitted to take a dinghy down there and fish in such places?

Although I'm the kind of person that appreciates privacy, I always like to respect protected areas.

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As far as I know you can go anywhere in a dinghy.  any waters closed to you, will have a sign saying so.


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Most private water will have a sign or a chain across the entrance. Bear in mind some parts Hickling, Horsey, Barton and around How Hill Surlingham are parts of a nature reserve. If you can find a warden or information centre it's kind to ask first just in case they have nesting bitterns or something. rowing boats and electric outboards should be no problem petrol outboards might be frowned upon. Oh take a compass with you !

I know you knew what you were doing, dear, but you still hit the other boat! Bill...

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Hi Craig, (the one without the database) Smile

Taking your example of Hickling, Bill is right.
This aerial photo shows an area know as 'Swim Coots', which is one of those openings just to the right as you leave Hickling Broad and head into Candle Dyke towards the Thurne.

Some of these side areas are chained off (but not many) and some are marked clearly with boards, warning that they should not be entered during certain times of the year, to preserve the wildlife.

Otherwise, the water is deep enough for a dinghy or canoe, but they are often choked full of very tough weed, which you could paddle through (but not motor), and would prevent any sort of fishing.

Needless to say, any boat drawing more than a foot or so is well advised to keep to the main channel down the middle, clearly marked with the red and green posts.  Although, contradicting myself slightly, (as I often do !), the HBSC race over practically all of the main broad, in dinghies with their centre-boards down, which then draw a good three feet. Maybe one of our 'sailee' members (the inverse of 'stinky' members), could throw some light on this ?

I keep a very small Shetland cruiser at Hickling and intend one day doing a very slow and careful 'secret water' style exploration, with an oar to sound the depth...  Smile  


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Thanks vor the very interesting info Paul.  I've actually done quite a bit of exploring round the main broad its self, but never wandered through the reeds in case of causing trouble.  Is the area you describe as 'Swim Coots' one of the places that's chained off?

Although the main broad is quite weedy, my attempts to measure the depth with an oar usually seem to show that there's about 3-4 feet in most places.  You're right about one thing though, it's certainly no place for a big boat!  Let's see what the other members have to say. Smile





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No, I've never seen Swim Coots chained off. (or any signs asking people to keep out).

It's strange, Hickling is an absolutely ideal place for canoeing and kayaking, and yet I've never seen anyone using one there !

The whole acreage of the Broad would be open to such a shallow draught, and the paddlers could stay hundreds of yards away from the main channels.  Smile


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