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Hi all,

Been lurking for a little while and soaking up the knowledge and advice on here, finally time to register and post some specific questions!

The plan is to have our first Broads holiday next spring.  I know it's nearly a year away but there are lots of demands on our money at the moment so that will be the next opportunity for a proper holiday.

"Us" being my girlfriend, our greyhound and me.  I have some experience in boat-handling (a couple of canal weekends and a recent week sailing in the Solent with more experienced hands) plus an itch to always be on the water.  The other half has no such itch but I've sold her the idea of a relaxed boating holiday - she has therefore agreed to learn to moor as long as I do all the driving (which is just fine by me).

I've got my eye on the Freedom yard, for a few reasons: I'd like a day in Norwich, they're dog-friendly, the Captain's Blogs look good, they're within budget and (perhaps most importantly) I've seen the owner active on this forum.

So, down to specific questions/criteria:

1: My reading suggests the Broads are generally dog-friendly - any particular do's/don'ts?  Any really excellent dog-friendly pubs?  Any really nice walks on the southern Broads that you'd recommend?

2: The girlfriend and I love our food.  We're expecting to eat in pubs most days, as we'll have the dog with us, so good foodie pub recommendations are welcome.  Being a greyhound, he's mostly asleep so we can leave him on the boat for an evening if it's really worthwhile - any really outstanding restaurants in the south?

3: I really want to spend at least one night on the mudweight out in the middle of a broad, properly away from things.  Preferably somewhere with no mobile or TV signal.  Recommendations?

4: Yarmouth: is it worth it?  I love the idea of navigating across Breydon Water, but I don't want to waste my time if it's just another benighted seaside town... I live on the south coast so I can just go to Selsey if I want to experience that.  I mean no insult if Yarmouth is actually lovely: I just want to know!

I'm sure more questions will arise.  Meanwhile, thanks for everything I've read on this forum.

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Jun-17-2015 @ 7:01 AM                           Permalink
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Hello and welcome,

For  a previous thread regarding dog friendly pubs please Cleck here

I hope this helps there are quite a few listed and maybe some more will be suggested. Cheers

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

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Hello and Welcome

We started hiring about 14 years ago and eventually made the plunge and bought our own boat about 4 years ago. I'm not saying you will enjoy things that much, but you never know ! Answering your specific questions, the broads are pretty dog friendly, offering walks alongside the rivers and also on quiet country lanes. If you want to overnight on a mudweight, we enjoy Bargate Broad, near Brundel. Well sheltered and fairly quiet. But do remember your dog will need bank access, at sometime ! We enjoy eating at the Waters Edge Bar or the Ferry House ( near Postwick) but there are plenty of good places to eat. I suggest you always carry a meal on board, as you might not be able to moor near a pub. My personal thought of Yarmouth, and some will disagree, it is a pretty basic seaside town with 'kiss me quick hats' and sticks of rock. If you are passing, its worth stopping in, but i would not traverse Breydon just for a visit. In general the southern broads carry more tide. Therefore water levels vary and flow can be quite fast, the closer you get to Breydon.  I'm sure you will have a good time and probably raise more questions the closer you get.  
Paul and Jan

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Mudweighting might raise a problem - like how do you take the dog for a walk???

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I was just about to ask the same question,   you cannot expect Fido to cross his legs for all that time.



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Jun-17-2015 @ 2:18 PM                           Permalink
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Hi, first things first, given your requirements I would suggest hiring on the Southern Broads, if your on a budget Pacific Cruisers at Loddon do good deals and I only hear good reports from those who hire, there of course several other hire yatds to suit all budgets. If you want to visit Yarmouth you can moor at several stops on the South and catch a train, much preferable to mooring in GY IMHO. In my opinion the choice of food on the Southern Broads is far superior to the North and again something for all budgets. Setting aside the question of the Dogs toilet needs (our Lab can and does go 12-14 hours without the need to pee even at home) you can mudweight in a few places such as Oulton Broad and Surlingham. There are lots of places to visit with my particular favourites being OUlton and Beccles.

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I would  try:

Lavender House, Brundall (moor then walk/taxi)
The Swan, Ingham nr Stalham (taxi needed)
The Water's Edge, Bramerton (moor outside)

Fairly sure they are not dog friendly inside.  Worth asking if you can moor the dog up outside?

Breydon is special.  Yarmouth perhaps less so Smile   Take Yarmouth for what it is, the sea-front is great and has had a fair amount of investment over the past few years.  Fantastic beaches though.

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oh yes, for mud weighting, try Surlingham Broad.  So peaceful.

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Hi

I also vote for surlingham  broad. This is also more accurately called bar gate broad which another poster has also recommended.

It is a magical spot . The downside for you there is no obvious dog landing spot as it is completely surrounded by overhanging trees.

It is worth visiting even if  you are unable to stay overnight.

Have fun

Graham

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I forgot to add my opinion on Yarmouth. If you give it  an opportunity to let you discover it there are some real gems. The tideandtide museum is fascinating and the fish in the cafe is really good. The racecourse is like going back in time , picture book pretty and you can get really close to see the magnificent horses as they parade .tthere are beautiful histoiric buildings on the river front and the converted naval hospital is an architectural  masterpiece. Finally the three miles of dunes up towards canister is a positive haven for walkers both human and canine.

That said there is also a lot of noisy tat and to be frank the moorings there are quite poorly located in relation to the good bits Yarmouth has to offer.

If you want to cross breydon it is probably worth a stop but not  otherwise. The river north of Yarmouth is pretty uninteresting until you get to acle so I would call it a day at Yarmouth before heading back

Have fun

Graham

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