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Lindalove
Sep-07-2008 @ 6:31 PM                           Permalink
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Hi - first time to Broads! I'm planning to moor at Gays Staithe as my group will have four 40ft boats and we want some space to set up a couple of BBQ on the moorside (with umbrellas at this rate).

First off can anyone tell me how big the Staithe is, what amenities is has and whether the group will be able to play a game eg softball or rounders close by or frisbee without falling off into the water?

Secondly, which are the best local pubs and within what walking distance? Is the Barton Angler still closed in which case how far is White Horse?

Lastly, our route will probably involve going from Stalham Sat morning, down to Ludham Bridge or How Hill, TURNING AROUND and then mooring at Gays at 4pm ish on Saturday early eve. EEK having never piloted a cruiser before, how hard is this going to be especially if there 4 boats to turn around!? Will it take us an hour/will we crash/maim poor local innocents? Should I plan for this to take us a hour?

Nina xx

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hi Linda  gay staithe has water and refuse dispoaal a small grass area but is abour 29 min walk from the pub
you should be able to turn your boat round if you keep going down toh ant and turn round on the bure that is only about 10 min from ludham bridge
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Hi Nina

I have enclosed a picture of Gay's Staithe for you below .... having looked at it again, I think you might be pushed to actually get 4 x 40 foot boats in but might just squeeze them in. However .... it is an extremely popular mooring spot due to it's peaceful location and I have my doubts as to whether you would find the whole staithe vacant at any time of day, let alone 4pm I'm afraid.

There are mooring further along at Neatishead (which is a shorter walk to the pub!) but, again, they are popular and quite a tight squeeze but you may be lucky!

Oh ... I was going to upload a photo but the button to do so is missing on the "Reply To" page for this thread!!  Question

Never mind .... here's one I uploaded earlier  Smile

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The Barton Angler is sadly no more. Its a private house.

AdnamsGirl is correct, both Gays Staithe and Neatishead moorings are popular and four forty footers would probably fill them up completely! They are both also quite small spaces for manoeuvring a big boat into.

Not sure what amentieis you think you are going to need but Neither, as far as I recall have enough grass for your ball games...

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Well, Carol has more or less covered everything that was going through my head as I read your post!

4 x 40' cruisers could def be a tall order at 4 pm on a eekend. We were there recently on a sunday morning. By lunchtime it was full, mostly with private boats, though some did leave, as we did, in the late afternoon, but it would be a massive stroke of luck for 4 large spaces to be freed up. The stern on moorings narrow from one end to the other so I would reckon you would also be reliant on the first few spaces being free, and to be honest, this isn't likely as these spaces go first (most people don't relsh the thought of reversing and manoevering a hire boat into the top end, shorter spaces!)

The other thing is the green space available - if the occupants of 4 large boats play a ball game and have a barbie, that would pretty much take up the whole  staithe so you'll likely not get that to yourselves either as its popular for sitting out, with crews sitting in the respective areas at the back of their boats. So folk will have staked their pitches before you!

Not sure where else to suggest though for that neck of the woods.

Karen



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Sep-08-2008 @ 10:17 PM                           Permalink
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I agree with Karen & Mike on this one - I'm afraid Gays is not the place for what you want to do. Best spot I can think of would be Ranworth Island on Malthouse Broad - should be enough room to moor & loads of ball game space. If you want to stay on the Ant & don't mind a short walk from the boats then try How Hill.

Simon

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How Hill has enough space for the ball games you have in mind. It's a bit of a walk to the pub. However, it is a nice walk.
Last time I was at Gay's Staithe, we were the only boat (well canoe) there. I am sure I posted a picture. probably in Picture of the Day. It's not a big place.

Nigel

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Hi - can we also set up a BBQ at How Hill though? We'll have bbqs on legs and a gazebo - this is how we're eating. Someone told me earlier on here How Hill might not appreciate barbies being set up for an overnight moor.


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