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My wife wanted to do something different for a holiday this year so I suggested a river cruise.  I looked into all the other waterways but found most had only narrow boats apart from very expensive Thames cruisers.  

We are also taking her mum (82 and just had a hip replacement) and her brother (54 and had a severe stroke 2 years ago) so both are limited when hopping on and off a boat.  They can both do the stairs in our house but her brother has problems getting over low obstacles, his left leg is in effect a stump to lean on.  Also bearing in mind 100 yards is about as far as either can manage to walk.

Then I see the Norfolk Broads and some of the craft available have a low rear entrance which I hope they can both use a lot easier than say a narrow boat.  With these things in mind I have just booked the Sun Emblem out of Ferry marina for the second week in September for 7 days.  OMG, that is a lot of boat for 4 people but at least we will have plenty of room.

Bearing in mind we want to get them off the boat twice a day and into a pub for brunch and dinner can anyone tell me where preferably rear end mooring and a short walk is available on either the north or south broads ?  We won’t be getting off for any other reason other than to stock up on bread milk etc. and only my wife or I will be doing that.

As an aside I know others have said to just take it easy and let life just drift by but piloting a boat at a sedate pace all day is taking it easy as far as I can see and the whole reason for hiring a boat.  The tides are in our favour over the middle of the week so going south should not present a problem.

I think I should end this here before I have to start splitting it into chapters and hope someone can point us in the right direction for our pub hunt.
Regards to all
Steve


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Steve hello and welcome.

These  pubs are all by the river and stern mooring allowed.  The numbers are the reference numbers on my pub map that can be found Here

Northern Broads
4- The Maltsters (Ranworth)
8- The Kings Head (Wroxham)
The New Inn (Horning)  (moorings for diners only)

Southern Broads
6- The Beauchamp Arms. (Buckenham) have seen the odd boat stern on in the cut-out.
7- Coldham Hall.  (Brundall)
8- The Ferry House.  (Surlingham)
12- The Bell Inn.  (St Olaves)  not always the easiest to get on and off as river level changes considerably.
13- The Wherry Hotel.  (Oulton Broad) not always the easiest to get on and off as river level changes considerably.
14- The Waveney Inn.  (Burgh StPeter)not always the easiest to get on and off as river level changes considerably.

Sometimes it may be easier to get on and off moored along side depending on the level of the river and the river bank.  Remember the rivers are tidal so it is highly likely to be at a different level when you return to step back on the boat.

There are also some stern on B.A. moorings which you can find on my website.

Looks like a great boat.

Have a great holiday


Kind Regards
Alan...
www.mynorfolkbroadsboating.co.uk/


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I'd add The Bridge at Acle and the Kings Head (Arms ?) Coltishall, also the Sutton a Staithe Hotel.
Arrive early to secure the closest moorings?

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Welcome to the forum, solo05.

Unfortunately, there are very few Broads Authority stern-on moorings with easy access to a pub, and not many stern-on pub moorings. These are the ones I can think of, though.

Stern-on BA moorings with nearby pubs on the Northern Rivers are at Hoveton (immediately through the bridge and you’ll need the pilot to take you through) and at Ranworth Staithe. Both are very popular and finding a space is not always easy. There are stern-on moorings at the New Inn, Horning, which can be pre-booked. Acle Bridge Inn will reserve a mooring if any of the crew are disabled, but that would be side-on.

Southern Rivers…stern-on BA moorings at Loddon Staithe (although the pubs are a little more than 100 yds away) and Rockland St. Mary, with pub opposite the staithe. The Wherry Hotel at Oulton Broad has stern-on moorings, but I don’t know if they are bookable.

On the Northern Rivers, there are pubs close to side-on moorings (depending on which end you moor at) at Coltishall, Horning (staithe and Ferry),  Ludham Bridge (café), Sutton, Thurne Dyke and Stokesby.

I’ll let someone else cover the Southern Rivers, as that is not my usual cruising area, but bear in mind the rise and fall of the tide is greater than on the Northern Rivers (can be several feet) which could make getting on and off, even at a stern-mooring, very difficult for the less agile.




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on the northen rivers, the new inn, horning. Ranworth staithe for the maltsters.

Down south, oulton broad yacht station, the will put you on the floating pontoon, and many good places a short walk away.

Waveney river centre, the waveney inn

loddon staithe, the kings head

surlingham ferry, surlingham

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Oops yes, stern to. Note to self, read the post properly! The Coltishall  Sutton and Acle moorings are side on, sorry!

Best wishes,

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For the excellent Bridge Inn at acle (side on moorings only) you can also moor stern on in Horizon Crafts basin , the walk to the pub is about 100ish metres , but you do need to cross the road , it may be possible to borrow a folding wheel chair from your local outpatients which would open so much more if the area to you

no traffic, no fumes, no traffic wardens.......bliss!!

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Lots of places for Stern on mooring in Wroxham in the hire yards.

Steve

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If you are up for a little self service like a barbecue then I would recommend Salhouse broad. Stern on mooring and the place has some real natural beauty to it.

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Hello Steve and welcome as mentioned by Paladine ,I would urge you to try the New Inn at Rockland staithe it is only about 50 yds from the back of the boat to the front door of a really good pub, have a look at it on google street view.

Phil

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