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Bullyroberts
May-29-2016 @ 9:38 AM                           Permalink
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Hello, we are having our first ever boat holiday on the broads soon which we are really looking forward to so I thought I would ask for some advice, there are 6 adults 2 children and a dog in our party
We are getting our boat from potter heigham and are planning to travel around the north broads, I just thought I would ask which route you would recommend, at the moment I am thinking of going up the river bure
Any suggestions would be welcomed
  

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You are starting from a good place. It does not actually matter where you go because everywhere you go will be the Norfolk Broads and is good. Making a plan is one thing but sticking to it is quite another so be prepared to go with the flow and change your plans along the way.

You don't say how long you have got or what your preferences are or what you want to see so it is difficult to give anything other than general advice. I would say get yourself a copy of the OS map and take the opportunity to moor up from time to time and explore the area on foot. It is worth it.

Don't forget to visit Ludham. You can find out about our history and see lots of walks on this website:  www.ludhamarchive.org.uk

You will have a fantastic holiday.

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May-29-2016 @ 10:37 AM                           Permalink
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Where you would like visit on The Norfolk Broads depends totally on the individual as to what type of places you enjoy.  Also choice of places to visit may be dependent upon the weather.

To be honest these days I enjoy visiting the various riverside pubs and simply relaxing outside weather permitting.. I also like to moor up in a broad or a remote B.A free mooring.

On my first trip I wouldn't bother going beyond Stokesby heading South on The River Bure.

Going North on The Rive Bure has plenty of nice places including Ranworth Broad, Horning, Wroxham and Coltishall.  There are also plenty of nice places to visit on The River Ant.

You can find a basic map and travel times/distances (printable as  PDF's) by following th link below to my website.

Have a great holiday. Cheers

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

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May-29-2016 @ 10:42 AM                           Permalink
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Hi Nigel, thanks for the advice, we have got the boat for 7 days and we just want to have a relaxing trip but try to keep the 2 grandkids entertained at the same time


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May-29-2016 @ 10:47 AM                           Permalink
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Hi Allan, I have already printed off the pdf's from your site which is a really helpful web site  Smile

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May-29-2016 @ 10:51 AM                           Permalink
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Thanks for the advice Nigel, we have the boat for 7 nights and we just want to have a relaxing break while keeping the grandkids entertained and mooring up at a pub every evening  Cheers

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We thought about going to great yarmouth but after reading some other posts I think I will stick to the north

This message was edited by Bullyroberts on May-29-16 @ 10:57 AM

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Good plan, especially on the first trip and with youngsters...

Are you going to take a dinghy as well? I would really recommend this, if you can, as it adds a nice extra dimension for the children. Row or sail, but when you have moored up the big 'un, the fun doesn't have to end! Teach the kids to row and sail, but remember the life jackets...  Of course you can hire canoes about the place too, but your own dinghy for the week is a great idea.

As Nigel says, hard to tell others what to do, but having brought our children many times, back in the day, I would recommend variety!  

For example, get to Malthouse/Ranworth, do the boardwalk out to the Broad and climb the Church Tower... Visit Horning and some of the lovely little shops there (love the deli!)... Call at Ferry Marina and visit the swimming pool... Maybe take the kids to Bewilderwood - but some think it is expensive. Go to some of the riverside puns that have a good playground (Acle Bridge?) as the kids will just want to NOT be on a boat sometimes! Definitely visit Womack and Ludham - a beautiful place... Wander down to see the Wherry Trust and the boatyards by the river...

Along with the OS map, take binoculars a bird spotting book and soak up the beautiful wildlife...

Have a wonderful time

Danny


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Hi Bullyroberts, the best route is: throw the grandchildren in the river, get to the nearest pub, get totally r******d and watch them learn to swim, or not. On the other hand you could go through Potter bridge, take a sailing dinghy  with you and teach them how to sail,  then go down river to Yarmouth spend a couple of days there and explore the town and the fun fair or market, go upriver to Norwich and take them to the castle, or just cruise around the north and south broads and chill out. Anywhere you go on the broads is fun, you do not need to plan a route.   Cheers

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Hi BullyRoberts
Some good advice above but If I was you stay away from Yarmouth as its your first trip, on leaving Potter heigham I would head for womack as it is only a short trip and ill give you a chance to sort yourself out on the boat plus get an evening meal at the kings head, you may also want to make a booking at the New Inn at Horning for overnight moorings this way you will be sure of getting into Horning plus this will give you a chance to explore Thurne-south Walsham- Ranworth- Bennetts castle & Horning / bewilder woods following day you can head for wroxham or even coltishall calling in at salhouse -Wroxham Broad not not sure what boat you have so not 100% that you will get under Wroxham bridge this should take up 3 to 4 days which will leave you time to then head up the River Ant to barton Broad and may be even up to Sutton or stalham and then heading back for you last night at Thurne or even back at womack, just take your time and enjoy you Holiday  Wink

Kindest Regards Mike

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