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Hi Everyone,
I've been looking at the great advise that has been passed on and I wanted to run my idea of an itinerary passed everyone to see if its ok. We're new to the Broads and have hired a boat starting from Brundall for 3 nights.  This is my plan, what do you think? Too ambitious?

Day 1
Pick up the boat
- go up to Norwich and moor up to have a look around (we're not from the area and interested to see it)
- then go down and spend our first night either in Reedham or Loddon. Which do you recommend?
Do you think its a good idea to start off going up to Norwich, I've read about having to open bridges to get to Norwich so I wonder if its worth it?

Day 2
Travel down to Oulton Broad
- Where should we stop off on the way? Any good pub suggestions

Day 3
Travel back up to Brundall (we have to drop off early the next day)
- Where should we stay? I imagine we'll fancy a final cruise before we hand the boat back, so I wondered about staying someone south of Brundall.
- I also thought on the way back it might be interesting to go the long way, so go up the River Waverney and then turn back to the River Yare towards Brundall.

I'd appreciate all advise, I have a tendency to want to plan, but am unsure of the areas and if I'm being too ambitious.


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Jun-16-2014 @ 9:35 PM                           Permalink
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For me I would leave Norwich until the last day-hand the boat back and spend the day in Norwich before going home. It's a lovely city but I am not sure if it is worth going by boat on a three day cruise.

For me:
1st night-Oulton Broad yacht station. Book your mooring so it does not matter what time you arrive.

Day 2-Beccles or even better Geldostone if your boat fits under Beccles Bridge. Even better is Locks inn at Geldstone for lunch and overnight at Beccles but check the boat height and the tides for the Beccles low bridge.

Day 3 Reedham for lunch and overnight at Rockland.

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Jun-16-2014 @ 9:47 PM                           Permalink
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We have done the South for the past 3 years starting out of Reedham For first night Norwich is fine and long enough trip to charge batteries if previous hirer had a short run back to base that morning NO bridges to worry about at all up to the Yacht Station The rest of your itinerary is fine but Coldham Hall is a good place to stay on the last night good food and beer and just across the river from Brundall going up to Gelderston on a 3 nighter may be pushing it a bit as tides crucial at Beccles old bridge but it is after the Yachat Station so Beccles ids doable Use the tide tables at the bottom of the page gives you all u need also the distance chart
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Jun-16-2014 @ 9:52 PM                           Permalink
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I think Maffman has nailed it actually, what you need to take into account is the cruising times - they can be long on the southern rivers.

However if you are ok with that, over Easter I went from Oulton Broad Yacht Station to Beccles (pre booked the previous night) then Beccles to Loddon Staithe in the same day.

We saw a lot, but we left Oulton Broad at just after 7am and did not arrive at Loddon till gone 5pm with only a couple of hours spent in Beccles looking around.

So as you can see a lot of time was spent at the wheel and some of that was spent slogging along against the tide which resulted in things taking longer.

If you want to see how the cruise and day went here is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FFVH1GJvk0

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Jun-16-2014 @ 10:14 PM                           Permalink
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Good choice! The southern broads are the best!

Here's my perfect 3 day trip from Norwich:

Day 1: Gentle trip to Loddon and overnight there. The white horse (Turn right over the little bridge) for dinner... Food and service spot on!

Day 2: Aim for Beccles (or Geldestone). The dukes head at Somerleyton is a good lunch stop. The Waverly river centre near Oulton Broad is a good "ice cream" stop too. If you can get under Beccles bridge certainly overnight at norfolks (just) best pub. the locks inn! It is certainly worth the trip. If you can't get under the bridge then Beccles is certainly worth stopping.

Day 3: Early start from either. Oulton broad is worth a quick look and a walk about. Head back to Reedham (The Ship pub) for lunch, or Reedcutters at Cantley (Take a look in the windmill too). Rockland is worth a quick pint too. Overnight I suggest you go to Surlington broad and mudweight in the middle (you will have the best nights sleep ever!.. and don't worry, the mudweight wont budge and even if it does you wont go anywhere), you can try and cook aboard. If you don't fancy that coldham hall or the yare at brundall are both meant to be really good (But we always overnight on the broad!).

Day 4: Thorpe is about hour and half away so you would need an early start.

Whatever you choose, have a lovely stay and please try all the pubs,  all of them are brilliant and all need your custom Smile

We do not need a bigger boat...

Regards, Alan

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Jun-17-2014 @ 8:21 AM                           Permalink
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fromthesouth hi,

The Beauchamp Arms is a good last night spot as it is only about 25 minutes cruise from Brundall. There is a games area with 2 pool tables, dartboard, dukebox and gaming machines. Recent food reports are very good.  

Other short journey options are Coldham Hall Brundall, The Ferry House Surlingham and The Waters Edge Brammerton.  All good pubs and all less than 1 hours cruising from Brundall.

Have a great trip.

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Alan...
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Jun-17-2014 @ 9:45 AM                           Permalink
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I would definitely save the last night for the Ferry Inn at Surlingham. Not to be missed - the best pub on the Broads, N&S in my opinion!
It's only twenty minutes from Brundall as well.

Happy to support the honest and reliable pubs and businesses of The Norfolk Broads.

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I too would include Surlingham Ferry, wonderful pub. I would also head for Geldeston Locks, an iconic Broads watering hole.

A lunch-time pint at Reedham Ferry is worthwhile. If I had to choose between Beccles and Oulton Broad I would choose Beccles.

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Jun-17-2014 @ 9:00 PM                           Permalink
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Hi Everyone,

i just wanted to say thank you so much for all the feedback and comments. There are plenty of options for us to think about, and a lot more pubs to stop at than I thought!

Thanks again, I'm sure we'll have a brilliant time.


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