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the.bands
Aug-26-2014 @ 9:06 PM                           Permalink
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Hi all,

We have booked silver illusion for a week at October half term. We have holidayed on the northern broads a couple of times in the past but this will be our first time on the southern broads.
Given that illusion is 42ft is there any advice about moorings or places to avoid, are we likely to fit under Beccles bridge and if so at what point does the river become too tight for a big boat?

As ever your help and advice is much appreciated.

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the.bands hi,

I don't think you will have any probs on The Southern Broads with a 42 footer.  I had a 48 footer last year.  I also don't think you will have a problem going through Beccles old bridge as long as you avoid going near high water.  Even if you don't go through Beccles is a really nice place to moor and has a town with pubs and shops about 10 mins walk away.  Also a large Morrisons and a large Tesco I think it's a Tesco?

The only thing to be aware of is a greater rise and fall of river levels and possibly stronger currents in places.

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Aug-27-2014 @ 7:23 AM                           Permalink
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Our last three visits have been on the South plenty of room especially in Oct take care up to Loddon and into Rockland and as has been said much stronger tides and be careful of combination of wind and tide when mooring.

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We also have in Beccles a Roys if anyone is interested.  
In the town is also the Coop and several banks, a Post
Office , Greengrocers, Butchers,  Boots the Chemist,  
QD, Superdrug and lots of clothes stores.     There is
a Bakers, cannot think of the name but one of the
famous ones and a W H Smith,  in fact we have the lot,  
spoilt for choice we are.



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hi there ,
if you visit reedham ,make sure you have enough food supplies as there is no food stores , unless you eat out , pub there is the ship by the swing bridge ,
if you visit beccles plenty of shops , nice yacht station to moor in ,and play park in the moorings for kids , if you intend to go under the bridge to geldstone , you'll need to go under when low tide is ,
oulton broad , again great yacht station ,again right on nicholas everitt park , loads for the kids , or you could walk to oulton broad north train station and get the train into lowestoft ( 5 mins train ride next stop ) ,spend a day at the beach ,
somerleyton ,is another good stop , take a walk upto somerleyton hall , visit the hall and it's grounds , maze lol ,
good luck and enjoy  

steve and vicky

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Thanks all, much appreciated.
Next question - what are your top three recommendations for family friendly pub/restaurants on the southern broads?

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Hello bands
Top 3 pubs on southern broads in no particular order.
If you can get under Beccles bridge The Locks Inn at Geldeston,The New Inn at Rockland Staithe and The Waveney Inn at the Waveney River Centre which does charge for mooring but you do get nice hot Showers included in the price. There are 24hr free moorings at the other two.

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Mine would be the Ferry at Surlingham, Ship at Reedham and Wherry at Oulton.

Roy

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As said before Ship at reedham is very good, nice honest food and beer kept well. Waters edge Bramerton for a very expensive but well worth it meal, Coldham hall is a favorite and the reedcutters Cantley also.
Don't worry about the south, you will love it, do go into norwich though if you have kids or a need to shop, plenty of attractions in Norwich and some very good pubs.

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The Wherry at Oulton / Mutford.  Large portions, moorings, can be busy but it's huge and they operate a waiting list which works.

The Water's Edge at Bramerton.  Good moorings, BA moorings next door, nice food, gastro-pub.  Best to book.

The Bell at St Olaves.  Pub food, nice ambiance.



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