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Candocrew
Jul-10-2016 @ 10:09 AM                           Permalink
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Hello, booked a cruiser for a week, sailing from Wroxham, is it worth going down to the Southern broads in that time? My husband has sailed before (only 1 time in a narrow boat though).
I was happy to stay away from  Breydon Water but the info with our boat says we can't get under Potter Higham bridge so it looks like we can't get up to Hickling Broad.
We go next week, will We be able to moored ok?
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Jul-10-2016 @ 11:33 AM                           Permalink
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IMHO I would say definitely go South, however there is plenty to see on the Northern Broads but with school holidays just starting trying to get a mooring in one of the more popular spots on the North will probably mean you have to be planning to moor up mid afternoon.

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Jul-10-2016 @ 11:57 AM                           Permalink
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Both good but a week is not a long time so do think about the North.
It really depends on what you like!  A quite cruise up the Bure to Coltishall is nice and you have the whole of the Ant and Thurne....... a heck of a lot of great things to see and do.  Going slow and not missing things is the best way. Having spent years watching  holiday makers screaming down the Ant heading for GY and then franticaly trying to get back in time the best advice is to simply take it slow and enjoy.


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Hi

I agree that on your first visit the secret is to take your time and not rush about.  It therefore follows my advice is to keep to the north. There is plenty to do and more particularly see although I agree it will be a bit crowded.

You will only have six full days in the boat. If you decide to go to the south you will immediately lose two days out of your six just getting there and back. As a result you will rush about trying to do lots with the result you will miss out on even more.

A final point the bit between acle and Yarmouth ( and the return journey ) is generally considered to be the least interesting of the entire network so why spend one day out of your six looking at mud banks.

Have fun

Graham

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Jul-10-2016 @ 1:19 PM                           Permalink
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I don't understand this losing 2 days business, the cruise South is all part of the holiday, first day head to Acle or Stokesby early start the following day (subject to bridge clearance at Yarmouth) and head South hitting WRC, Reedham, Oulton for the second night. We have done it literally hundreds of times and it's not the rush you would think.  Balance that against the hurly burly of the Northern Broads and I would do it every time.

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Yes but if it is your first time you will have to miss out on the more attractive bits in the north. In the end it is about what you enjoy most.

Have fun

Graham

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Jul-10-2016 @ 2:50 PM                           Permalink
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As an old timer,  I agree stay North but early starts and moor up by 2 to make sure of a safe mooring.  Being first timers I would make for safe 24 hr moorings.  The South is a different ball game with tides that cannot be ignored.  

Chill out and take your time.  Loads of interesting things to see.  The other morning we saw a deer on the 24 hr mooring at Barton Turf.   This is a good mooring once you are over Barton Broad.





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Jul-10-2016 @ 3:25 PM                           Permalink
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Hi there ,
Welcome to the forum , already sound advice given , my take on it as your first time , take your time , stick to the northern broads , hotspots like ranworth / horning / Sutton stathie , be moored by lunch time the latest , you can moor at other hireboat yards for free ,but not on handover days I'e Friday , Saturday's , but as suggested at other places by 2-3 pm to moor up
If you want to visit hickling / martham / horsey , I suggest hiring a day launch from potter heigham at either Herbert woods or Phoenix fleet ,

steve and vicky

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I agree with TT - I cannot understand why people think the journey South and back is 'wasted time'.  To my mind, you lose much more by having to be moored up by lunchtime, which is the case at many places in the north in peak season.

We've often gone through Yarmouth on a week's holiday, without rushing, especially this time of year when daylight isn't a problem  As for the tides - IMO really not half as much a problem as some make out  



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Hi ultimis

It isn't a problem but would you / did you do it on your first week on the broads.  To me  most of the enjoyment of the broads is the pottering, the wildlife, mud weighting overnight on salhouse broad  and the beautiful bit od waterway magic between wroxham and coltishall.  

You can't fit all the best bits of the broads into one week so I don't see the point of the route march from place to place.

I do recognise we are all different and for some the getting from place a to b , , planning routes and watching tide times are the most enjoyable bit..

Have fun

Graham



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