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JulieShipley
Mar-24-2009 @ 2:01 PM                           Permalink
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Hi to everyone on the forum. This is going to be our first time on the Broads and any advice would be greatly appreciated.  There will be myself, my husband and our 2 girls (9 and 6) and also my mum.  We are starting at Richardsons Stalham on 6th April (4nts)on board the San Julian. Just wondered if there is anywhere we should definately stop off to see and also where is good to take the kids.
Thanks everyone, Julie

Julie Shipley

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Mar-24-2009 @ 2:16 PM                           Permalink
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Hi Julie, I'm not really the best one to comment on where is good to take the kids but just want to say welcome to the forum and I'm sure the more experianced boaters on here will be able to advise you better have a great holiday, we have booked to go from Richardsons in September on Silver Gem.

Lynsey & Mark
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Mar-24-2009 @ 4:32 PM                           Permalink
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Welcome to the forum, Julie. Cheers

Your starting point of Stalham provides you with a wonderful picturesque journey down the river Ant to the rest of the system. The Ant is usually one of the prettiest rivers but there has been some work done recently which may make the place look a little spartan for a few months. I'm sure it will bounce back before too long. The river is twisty and will test your new boating skills but I'm sure you'll enjoy the experience.

You might want to head for Horning where you can take the girls to Bewilderwood This place should keep them busy for a while.

Lots of folks find that just being on a boat is entertainment enough for some kids. If they wish to drive the boat they must be supervised by you at all times though.

Have fun and I hope the weather is kind to you...

John


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Mar-24-2009 @ 11:20 PM                           Permalink
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Hi Julie,
Welcome, Richardsons is a pretty good yard, have hired from them 3 times now and going back again this year each time on a different boat,just for note there is a tescos 5 mins down the road from the yard, saves having to do the shop before you leave. As far as the kids go buy a uk bird book, and get them to spot as many different species as possible, may keep them amused for a little while, also just past Barton broad there are free moorings and a nature reserve although boots and mozzie spray are a must Smile  
At Acle Bridge there is a pub with an amusment arcade outside and small area for kids to play, but not sure if this would be suitable.
Have a look at the bottom of this page there is a heading "downloads" and sub heading first time guide, I had a read of this the other day and it is brilliant and quite amusing, it may be of some use also.

Anyway have a great time and I am sure you will be bitten by the bug and return again! Smile  most people do!

Smurfett

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Hi Julie & welcome to the site,

John, I can't seem to make your Bewilderwood LINK work.
It may well be me, but in case it isn't, I'll put this up for Julie.  http://www.bewilderwood.co.uk/explore-bewilderwood.aspx
Cheers,  
Andy

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Me again,

Can I ask this question to more knowledgeable members, on Julies' behalf. I obviously know exactly where Bewilderwood is (for a start the entrance is almost directly opposite my friend Ray's cottage and easy by car, (took the Grandchildren there last season - fantastic !) but where would you moor around Horning. Black Horse Broad, is the closest water, but surely no access and isn't it a long trek from any public mooring in the centre of Horning ?. I'm interested to know as much for myself, as Julie, 'cos I'd quite like to do it by boat in the not too distant future.

Regards,   Andy

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Hi Julie

I would certainly stop at How Hill. It is just a nice place. The kids will appreciate having somewhere to stop and run about.
There are good walks from How Hill and I have put some on the Ludham Archive Website www.ludhamarchive.org.uk Click on the Ludham Village button. There is bank work going on to the north of How Hill and I don't think you will be able to walk to the skeleton mills at the time you will be there. The rest of the walks should be OK.

Nigel
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Andy...thanks for putting up a Bewilderwood link which actually works! Cheers

I seem to have missed a bit out of my original attempt. Now corrected.

As regards your other question, the nearest mooring spot will probably be outside the Swan but, as you rightly say, it's a bit of a trek to Bewilderwood. Additionally, with the closure of the Ferry and the subsequent loss of public moorings, I fear moorings will be very awkward to secure this year...especially at the weekend when the Bure through Horning turns into the M25.

John

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Hi
Please forgive my sense of humour as it's certainly not my intention to upset anyone, but wouldn't 'Bewilderwood' be a great name for a care home for the elderly ?

Regards, John G

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The name would actually suit a certain official body's property in Norwich quite well...  Playful

John

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