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dixcy69
Feb-26-2014 @ 6:03 PM                           Permalink
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Hello
We have booked our first trip to the Norfolk Broads in August this year there are 5 adults and 1 child aged 8.

I admit I am completely in the dark about what there is to do and see and anything about the Norfolk Broads.  Hence now the research starts.

What is there to do in and around how many miles a day will we travel, we where think of travelling down to Yarmouth and then travelling back how long will that take or is there better ways I need lots of advice and help on this matter.

Thank you in advance for all the help and advice and look forward to hearing from you all

Krissy

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Welcome Krissy.
First, tell us the name of the boat and where you are
hiring from and the dates. With that information we
can give you a much more informed answer as there are
lots of variables that dictate when and where you
can go.
EG. bridge heights compared to your boats' air
draft(Height above water) and the state of the
tide at any time of the day.

The older I get...
The better I was....!!


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Hello

We have hired the topaz emblem I think that is the one and we have hired it from 9th August for 2 weeks.  Thank you

Krissy

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Feb-27-2014 @ 9:43 AM                           Permalink
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Forget about how many miles, start thinking in hours.

The link below give a chart showing time between the various places.

http://www.mynorfolkbroadsboating.co.uk/PDF_Distance_chart_in_travel_time.pdf

(Other charts are avialable, this was just the first one google came up with)

Use the chart with a map of the Broads and you will soon figure out how far you can go in a day.

Edited because my brain works faster than my fingers.

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Hi Dixcy,

As Gretsky says you can follow the link he has provided it takes you to a travel/distance chart.

This is in fact from my web site and if you follow the link below you will also find maps, pub maps and much more help for first timers.

Kind Regards
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www.mynorfolkbroadsboating.co.uk/

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Hello, Well done on booking 2 weeks in norfolk. You will have a brilliant relaxing and interesting time! The first time in norfolk will be amazing (I was 17 when I came up to norfolk and remember most of what happened!)..

You can really get a taste of the broads in 2 weeks (although I'm still visiting bits I've not seen after years and years) I would also highly recommend you go past yarmouth and down to the sourthern broads in your two weeks (even for 3 or 4 days).. we can you plan the passage for this but its well worth while as the southern broads are amazing!

This is another good website (I have nothing to do with it but someone on here posted a few days ago and after reading I found it very good) http://www.broadsnet.co.uk

Have a brilliant trip though and enjoy your researching.

Regards, Alan

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You're very lucky having two weeks on the broads, you'll be able to get around pretty much everywhere without having to feel rushed.

If it was me, I'd looking to spend at least a few days in the south, so I'd choose a day when the tides are suitable to cross Breydon Water. By that I mean you should check the tides on the link below and use the column that says 'Yarmouth Slack Passage Time' for the ideal time to cross on a day of your choosing. Then think about where you'll be before and after the crossing and in particular look at what time the sun sets because you have to be moored by then. This will help you plan this crossing as it is time critical.

It was my first time last August and what I enjoyed and would recommend is:
Oulton Broad - to take kids to Africa Alive http://www.africa-alive.co.uk/ It's a nice place to moor for the night and you can choose the hotel moorings or the yacht station. Expensive taxi ride to Africa Alive though (£40 return).
Waverley River Centre, to moor for the night, use the best toilet/shower facilities on the broads, have a swim and a meal at the pub. Very good moorings and excellent shop for groceries etc. Book a mooring though.
Loddon, great moorings at Pyes Mill with a short walk to the town with pubs/shops etc. I loved the little river Chet which winds itself down to Loddon.
I didn't have enough time to stay south and visit Beccles and Geldeston Locks (for the pub) but I will next time.
I enjoyed mooring for a few hours at Somerleyton, and also at Burgh Castle, both places are good to get off the boat and stretch your legs. The (Burgh) castle in particular is well worth a mooch around after lunch at the Fishermans bar.

I thoroughly enjoyed Great Yarmouth for a few hours to give kids a bit of fun at the fair, some hate it but I liked it. I wouldn't stay overnight but if you were crossing Breydon in the morning heading north, you could do worse than get off the boat for a while and have fish & chips at the seaside here before a 2 hour trip up to Acle Bridge for the night.

I quite liked stopping for a couple of hours at Potter Heigham to visit Lathams and a trip up Womack water to Ludham is worth doing, if you can moor for the night then do it is my advice.

You have to call in to the Riverside Tearooms in Stokesby for breakfast, it's fantastic, and if you stay the night here the pub is also very good.

There are places I'd have loved to go but in a week didn't have time, such as further up the River Ant than Ludham Bridge, Further up the Bure than Horning (particularly right up to Coltishall and I'd have loved a night at Salhouse Broad. I also wish I'd spent a night mud-weighting in the middle of a broad but with a dog that wasn't really possible.

One thing you don't have to worry about with hiring from Ferry marina is fuel, so go wherever you please, you really do have time to just point your boat's bow and follow it, stopping where you fancy. The only real planning as mentioned is crossing Breydon as you should time it right so the tide is neither coming in nor going out (slack water) and it's much easier. Don't be scared of it though, it's easy so long as you pay attention.

Things I didn't like:
Nothing, not a thing, nowt.

Ask lots of questions before you go as people here are very generous with sharing their knowledge, and above all spend the next few months day dreaming about the holiday you're going to have, it will be even better than you imagine.


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Feb-27-2014 @ 5:38 PM                           Permalink
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Wow

Thank you all for your replies so fast!

Ok where will I find out about tide times and sun set times for that time of year.

We are looking forward to it but I dont know if its worth going down south and doing all those first then travelling back

Is there any pubs/hotels/restaurants to avoid?

Where are good pitches for moor up for the night

Thanks again

Krissy

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Hi, look in the red bits at the bottom of the page.
Pub guide, tide table and first time information in
links.

Paul & Jenny Smile

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Welcome to the forum, dixcy69. Members are very happy to answer questions, so, as you can imagine, many of them have been asked and answered before. You can spend many a happy hour searching through older posts by using the search facility. Click on 'search' in the blue box, just to the right of the log-in button, and enter your search criteria. You'll also find other members' accounts of their experiences. Some people like to moor at busy places (e.g pubs) while others like the more remote places. Have a good read around and enjoy your preparations.

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