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Dear Broads Forum,

We are planning a long weekend in April on the Broads. We are 10 + a Springer Spaniel and we are celebrating my father-in-law's 70th birthday! We haven't been on the Broads for over 15 years, last time with the same crowd minus four children now aged 12-16 plus the dog of course.

We are setting off from Wroxham on Friday afternoon (2pm arrive at Brinks) and need to return the boat by 9am Monday morning.

Because it was my idea to celebrate the birthday as a family on the Broads I have to make sure we're booked into pubs to eat in with the dog (Maude) and therefore some kind of overall plan for route etc!

We are thinking of ending up at The Maltsters, Malthouse Broad on the Friday evening. We have checked and they are ok with the dog.

Next day (Saturday) we're thinking of heading up to Barton Broad to do a bit of dinghy sailing, bird watching, (broadwalk sounds good) and need to find somewhere for dinner that night, (and mooring). If you any ideas of somewhere special we would really appreciate your thoughts. Ideally not too commercial if that is possible.

The next day we are thinking of heading down to Acle (for somewhere different) then thinking we would need to double back towards Wroxham so we are ready to hand the boat back on Monday morning. I was thinking of Horning for Sunday night so that it's not too far from base.

I'd really appreciate your thoughts on this plan. I have spoken to the lady at Brinks, who mentioned a certain pub at the end of a dyke, which  sounded great and mysterious. We are quite an adventurous bunch and would welcome a few off beat ideas if you have them.

Also are we thinking sensibly by not venturing down South? I assumed that this would be too far for us given the amount of time we have.

Again your thoughts and experience gratefully received.

Kind regards,
Sunbird



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Hi Sunbird,

If you are going to the Bridge Inn at Acle I would strongly recommend booking a table in advance.
The pub down a dyke does sound a bit like The Lion at Thurne Dyke. Enjoy your special family break. Smile

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Sunbird Hi,

Sounds like you already have a plan.  I make you right staying North when on a short break. Me and the missus  will be on the Broads for a week from April 25.
We are picking up Quartz Emblem from Horning.

Have a great one.

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Hi, sunbird,

On the Saturday, try to get to the Sutton Staithe Hotel. Booking would be an imperative, I'd think, but if you can go, I don't think you'd be disappointed. Not sure on dog policy though.

Have a good time, whatever you plan.

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Thanks for the replies, all very helpful.

If you're there weekend of April 12 look out for the beginners in the  Brinks Emperor!

cheers







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Regulo has it with Sutton staith, Acle bridge is another to highly recommend,  or if you like fish try the hermatige, with mooring on the bure before acle dyke. Malsters can be a b*gg*r to moor,  a bit of a walk, but worth a visit is the ship inn south Walsham.

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There was talk that the Hermitage was up for sale in a January thread, have they changed their minds? Confused

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we took our dog into Sutton Staithe, no problem .
Acle bridge accept dogs .
Malsters will even put a dog bowl beside the table for you. Getting to Ranworth about 11am and you should have no problem mooring.
Gay Staithe is a lovely spot, the pub is about 1/4 mile or so walk, but you could always have a bbq.
Moor on Horning Green ( free) and you have a choice of three pubs and a restaurant or two.
Womack water , pub is only a three minute walk in Ludham village . And a nice broad to sail , those staying on board can view the sailing without leaving the boat .
don't forget , the pubs like dogs to be 'socially acceptable' so as not to disturb other diners  
Have a great weekend

Steve & Maggie.

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Sunbird hi,

Myself and 5 friends hired Brinks Emperor 1 last May.  If you are all on the one boat I wouldn’t go overboard (excuse the pun) with what you take.  Not a lot of luggage space for 10.  We had a great time but this is not the easiest boat to handle.  48 foot long and not the most responsive boat I’ve hired. On many occasions we used the ropes to assist with turning the boat around.  When put in reverse to slow down or stop this boat travelled quite a distance before it came to a halt so needs plenty of room to stop.  Nice and slowly does it.

Having said that we found the boat to be reliable, no battery problems and felt warm enough on board.  I couldn’t believe how good the reception was on the TV.  We left the Arial down and never had to adjust it in any way for an excellent picture.  Some folk do like there telly.

I’m sure as we did you will have a great time.


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Thank you again for your posts, really helpful.

Thinking of putting Ranworth and The Maltsters back to the Sunday night (final night) so we can gain experience of manoeuvring before tackling the Ranworth Staithe. Incidentally, are there moorings along the dyke, or somewhere else nearby?

So Friday perhaps go for an easy life and book mooring/berth at New Inn, Horning.

Saturday hoping White Horse will be open at Neatishead, otherwise will follow suggestions to Sutton Staithe Hotel.

Again, thank you!





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