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fordy81
Dec-23-2015 @ 11:35 PM                           Permalink
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Hi guys,

Planning a trip on the Broads in the middle of April with my partner and our 9 year old daughter. I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a route for us to take?

We're looking at heading off from Stalham, and heading towards Great Yarmouth which I gather is about 5-6 hours away. When at Yarmouth, is there much there to entertain a 9 year old? We'll probably spend most of the time on the boat, just sailing, mooring up to eat and play board games and the like, but it would be nice to get out and stretch our legs a bit. Is there anything like arcades, or funfair rides nearby that we could spend a few hours at?

And is there anywhere else we should be looking to venture too?

Finally, am I right in saying there is a closed fishing season on all the broards?

Thanks very much for reading

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Dec-24-2015 @ 9:35 AM                           Permalink
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Hi, Fordy81. Welcome to the forum.

If you're only out for 4 nights, I wouldn't try cruising all the way to Gt Yarmouth and back. Sunset next April is around 19.30 at the beginning and 20.30 at the end, so, by the time you've collect the boat on day1 you wouldn't have time to get there on the same day.

Better, perhaps, to head for Wroxham and get the train in. There are arcades along GY seafront, but I don't know how many will be open at that time of year.

For a 9-year old, you might like to consider Bewilderwood, which is between Horning and Wroxham - bus from either, but a walkable distance. Check out their web site to see if you think your daughter might like it.



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Dec-24-2015 @ 10:04 AM                           Permalink
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Hi Fordy, I agree with Paladine. In Wroxham (Hoveton) there is also the narrow gauge railway wich runs to Aylsham and the big model railway exhibition which also (I believe) has girly stuff there too.

You are correct, it will be closed season for coarse fishing on The Broads.

Steve. CM1 and NR12

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Dec-24-2015 @ 11:52 AM                           Permalink
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Welcome

I agree with the others .

Also you might bear in mind that the bit between acle and Yarmouth is considered by most people to be the most unattractive section  of the entire broads network. If you only have four days why spend two of them cruising  that particular stretch.

The model railway at  wroxham  also has toy exhibitions through the decades and is interesting to most age groups.

As with most things at that time of year you do need to check opening times of attractions.

Have fun

Graham

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Dec-24-2015 @ 1:55 PM                           Permalink
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Hi Fordy,welcome to the forum!
I wouldn't go down to Yarmouth if I were you! As has been said,it's pretty boring cruising from Acle down and the river can get very fast round Yarmouth especially when the tides are coming in or going out! Much better to get a bus or train! Richardsons usually give hirers a guide to some of the local attractions,restaurants etc.
A good place to go for a 9 year old to let off steam is Salhouse broad,there is a play area and lots of space to run around! The main thing is though,not to rush about,there's lots of places to moor up and do a little exploring. St Benet's Abbey is a nice peaceful place,you can't miss it,just look for a derelict brick windmill built into the ruins of the abbey gatehouse!It's at the end of the River Ant coming down from Stalham. How Hill on the Ant is a good place too! There's so much to see on the broads both places and wildlife,just take it easy and relax! Average speed is only 4mph,so there's no rushing around anywhere!
My grandkids are now 11 and 12 and they love the Broads,we've been several times! We normally hire from Richardsons in Stalham. Which boat are you hiring?

Love from Pegs

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Dec-24-2015 @ 4:12 PM                           Permalink
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Welcome to the forum.
If you want to visit Yarmouth, arrive early on your pick up day, before picking the boat up, or call in on your return day, after handing back the boat.

As the others have said, there are far better cruises around the Northern Broads without having to go further south than say Stokesby.
Mooring at Gt Yarmouth is not without challenges for a first timer.
Tide times, river speed, mooring in a confined space, there is enough to do for a week on the Northern Broads. Plan Yarmouth in for a later trip.... and you will all want another.

best regards, Richard.

Can't wait to be back on our boat on
the Broads.

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Dec-26-2015 @ 12:30 AM                           Permalink
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Everyone, thanks so much for your replies, it's been a great help. Definitely won't go down to Yarmouth then, but love the idea of going after we've handed the boat back, thanks very much.

The boat we're looking at is the Barbados. Will we be ok getting under all the bridges with that, tide permitting?

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Dec-27-2015 @ 9:46 AM                           Permalink
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We are hiring a boat, for the first time, in May and asked a similar question to you.
As we are collecting our boat from Acle we were wondering whether to go north or, go south.
All replies recommended that we steer clear of Breydon Water and GY so, in the week's holiday, we are going to explore the northern Broads and its villages only. Taking in the rivers Bure, Ant and Thurne.
On the http://www.mynorfolkbroadsboating.co.uk/index.html page it gives an idea of what Breydon Water is like, especially useful for beginners.

DaveHR

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Dec-27-2015 @ 9:57 AM                           Permalink
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Barbados is a DC30 which will fit under Wroxham bridge most of the time, so you'll almost certainly be able to get up to Coltishall. You'd be very lucky to get through Potter though. Even though the air draft is low enough in theory, in practice the water levels are usually too high.

Steve. CM1 and NR12

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Hi there
Although your boat will go under wroxham and potter heigham bridges , you will need to stop before the bridges and get the bridge pilot to take your boat through for you , it's best I always find to ring the pilots office a day before or on the morning you like to go through to check time for low water passage or even better if boats are passing through due to weather conditions ,

steve and vicky

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