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Aug-16-2012 @ 11:39 AM                           Permalink
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Hi  was wondering if anyone can give me some advice.  We are first timers and soon will be picking up an Emperor from LeBoat in Horning.  I have been studying the internet for hours trying to come up with a route but think I may need some help from those of you that are in the know!  We are a family of 4, two adults and two young teenagers.  We like the idea of mooring up quite early in a village and exploring the village, the surrounding area, will happily catch bus or train and then come back and relax early evening/overnight.  My plan to is to cook mostly on the boat so we will bring plenty of supplies and stock up along route - not planning to mudweight, quite like the idea of being around people, but not too worried if have to walk a little as boat is long and hubby first timer so trying to keep it easy on the mooring!  My idea was stayed moored up at Horning first night, Saturday to Coltishall  Sunday Wroxham - Monday Acle - Tuesday either Ludham or Potter Heigham (using bridge pilot) then not sure where, maybe West Somerton or Ranworth, before back to Horning on the Thursday to explore maybe bit further by bus/train then ready to give boat back the next day.  I would be extremely grateful of any advice/hints/tips or even a different route!!  Thanks so much in advance Smile

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Hello Shell,

Welcome to the forum.

If you wish to moor at Horning it may be wise to eat at the Ferry Inn, New Inn or the Swann. Mooring at horning is very limited, there are some arangements with mooring in other boat yards, ask Le Boat if there is an option for this, also check with your boat yard for the air draft of your boat so you can check for bridge passage but after saying that you will need the pilot at Potter Heigham and Wroxham assuming your chosen boat will go through. There has not been must traffic through Potter Heigham this year other than very low boats.

Being as this may be your first trip to the Broads as a family and you may not wish to go through Yarmouth, you could always take the train to see the power boat racing at Oulton Broad on thursday evenings.

Enjoy your holiday, have fun and remember safety first on the river.

Regards
Alan

Alan Hood
Ranworth Breeze Boat Syndicate
www.ranworthbreeze.co.uk

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Hi Alan, your reply is much appreciated.  We are ok to moor at the pick up in Horning, they are happy for us to do this, so we can then set off next morning with the whole day ahead of us.  No plans to take the boat to Yarmouth but we will get there by train or bus as will be nice to see the area.  Thanks for the info on the Ferry inn etc, am not looking to cook on the first night so we will definately be visiting!  Do you think otherwise the route I mention looks viable? or can  you think of anywhere else?  The boatyard said the boat will go under the bridges with the Pilots but I know the water is currently high so will not be trying if thats the case!  Thanks again for your welcome advice, will look up the speed boat racing as didnt know anout that! Shell Smile

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Aug-16-2012 @ 6:57 PM                           Permalink
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A good idea if you getback early is to take your children to Bewilderwood and then to the Ferry Inn they sleep like a log afterwards

kindest regards . malcolm wilkinson

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Trundle up to Wroxham, moor up and catch the train to Norwich or north to the coast? Only snag is that the best moorings are through the bridge (ie Wroxham Bridge).

Buses from most larger villages will take you to either Norwich or Yarmouth

SG12 most the time but sometimes in NR12!

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Hi and welcome to the Forum,
If your boat will go under Wroxham bridge you could go up to Coltishall for lunch and then back to Wroxham, If the weather is nice you can then take the Bure valley railway to Aylsham for the day or the train to Sheringham and the Beach well worth a visit if it's sunny. stay over night in Wroxham or depending on time move up to Salhouse.
Ramworth church is a must do for the view, and the boardwalk at Irstead (about a 20min walk from the mooring). How hill also worth a visit.

Doug.



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Thanks for this - would you recommend not to go under the bridge if no need, or use the pilot?  Would like to think we could go to Coltishall but as not ventured that way before, unsure what to expect?  Again, thanks Smile

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Thanks Malcolm, Id seen Bewilderwood and put on my evergrowing list!  Anything that makes the kids sleep like a log is always welcome!! Smile

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Thanks for your reply - is wroxham bridge worth going under for better mooring if we use the pilot or is it quite difficult? is Coltishall worth an overnight stay too?  was thinkging stay there then go Wroxham next day or are they a bit close? Thanks:)

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Shell,
Wroxham to coltishall takes around an hour, nice on the green to stop for lunch. Worth the trip as a very pretty stretch of river.

Doug.

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