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wendyd
Oct-06-2016 @ 5:43 PM                           Permalink
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Hi Everyone,

We have hired a boat from Bridgecraft in Acle next May for one week.
Looking at the maps, we are unsure whether to explore the North or South Broads......does anyone have any views on this??
We like to visit towns but also like country pubs and relaxing, hence why we don't know which way to go!

We are new to this sort of holiday and would appreciate any advice or views.

Thank you!

Wendy

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Oct-06-2016 @ 7:28 PM                           Permalink
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If this is your first boating trip I strongly advise sticking to the northern Broads. There are busy places like Wroxham and Horning and there are many quieter places to moor such as Neatishead,Sutton Staithe,and Coltishall. The tidal range is much less on the Ant and Upper Bure and this will make it easier to get used to boat handling,mooring,etc.You will find all life's necessities are available in the area and Roy's of Wroxham is a particularly good place to shop.I think that you have picked a good time for your holiday....it won't be too hectic in May,so don't try to do too much on your first visit and don't make a plan because they usually don't work out.I,m sure that you will enjoy your visit...in fact you will probably get hooked on Broads boating for the rest of life.
               Best wishes,Brian.

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Oct-06-2016 @ 7:45 PM                           Permalink
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Well personally I would go South, whilst the tige range is so more on the Southern Broads which makes things slightly more challenging, the North is not a patch on the South, the Rivers are more impressive, they are less busy, the walk are brilliant and abundant unlike the North. The places to visit such as Norwich, Beccles and Oulton are far better served with good food, drink etc and moorings near the amenities is generally easier because there is less competition for places, We hired for many years and always headed South for the bulk of our Holiday going North only for a couple of days prior to returning the boat. When we bought our boat we moored North for 6 Years but to be honest almost never left the Ant system, we chose North because we thought it would give us more possibilities  when travelling down just for the weekend but we moved South 4 years ago and find we range much further .
South for me always.

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Oct-06-2016 @ 9:18 PM                           Permalink
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For one week I would say the North Broads without any doubt.
The South Broads involves greater distances, strong currents and fewer facilities in between destinations and the moorings at Norwich, Oulton and Beccles are pretty mush non-existent unless you wish to stay in a yacht station which is a cash cow really.
The North Broads, although very busy and crowded at times offers a lot of pubs with moorings, decent food shops which are not abundant but are accessible and the environment is much more attractive.

"I spent most of my money on Booze, Broads and Boats. The rest I wasted" - Elmore Leonard

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Oct-06-2016 @ 11:58 PM                           Permalink
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IMHO
This being your first trip and that trip being in May I would go North. If it were July or August I might suggest differently.

Generally speaking the north is "pretty". Lots of trees, small villages and riverside pubs. Whilst the south is "bleaker" reed lined, larger rivers and open skies. The distances between "destinations are considerably larger. That is not a slight on the south as the landscape is just as impressive as the north but wilder and more open.

As has been mentioned the tidal influences are pretty small in the north and can be considerable in the south, but perfectly manageable.

Given the larger distances between places in the south and the fact that there are far less boats there it has a quieter less frenetic feel. Hence I would seriously consider it as a first timer at high season. In the north stretches like Wroxham to Horning on the Bure resemble the M25 on a Friday afternoon at busy periods.

Finally I think that the north probably gives a first timer more of the type of experience that they expect. Assuming that that expectation is garnered from TV programmes, brochures, magazine articles and Swallows and Amazons!



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Oct-06-2016 @ 12:16 AM                           Permalink
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Yes goda! and there are folk still almost suggesting that if you dare venture south and chance fighting the tides and  the stormy turbulence of the fearfull great Breydon sea you must batten down the hatches and lash yourself to the helm!

The North has its spots, yes, but the "honeypots" such as Ranworth, Wroxham, Horning and Womack will always have pressure on the moorings even in May.

As TT says, the South has the better pubs, more chance of getting a good mooring and honeypots of its own.
Yes the tides do demand more attention but do you really think, if they were so desperately difficult as some suggest, a bunch of newbies with 45 minutes basic instruction would be allowed to venture out on £60,000 pounds plus worth of boat??

Please don't be put off the South, its wonderful and has lots to offer all.

Trevor

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Oct-07-2016 @ 10:59 AM                           Permalink
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So you see, Wendy, that for every North advocate there’s another for the South…..

Each has its own attributes and both are lovely in their own way.

There’s nothing for it – you’ll have to come twice and see both sides before making up your own mind.

Have a great time whatever you decide
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Oct-15-2016 @ 10:22 AM                           Permalink
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WOW - thank you to everyone that replied. What a great bunch you are!

I was last on the Broads 20+ years ago on a hired boat from Blakes. We went South I think and I particularly remember crossing the vast Breydon Water in terrible weather conditions! That was my first experience of boating.

My husband has never been on the Broads and I think his expectation is small pretty pubs in abundance and a relaxing week away from work doing nothing but hunting for the next mooring.

Really looking forward to it!!!!

Wendy

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Oct-15-2016 @ 3:33 PM                           Permalink
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We've just spent another enjoyable week on the Broads and kept to the northern Broads. To see it all we would need a few weeks.
PS - I thought Acle was shutting down next year and all boats were being stationed at Stalham?

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Oct-15-2016 @ 3:59 PM                           Permalink
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Hi Wendy Both North and South have there good points and not so good if hiring from the north stay North you only have one week and unless you want to sail for long periods stay North.If you would like to see the South hire from the South unless you hire for more than one week We spent a month doing the North this year still didn't get to every place.But i did get a tan and put on weight.The trip from north to South is boring mud flats and depending on tide times through Yarmouth can take up the whole day. But if you want to sail and burne Diesel!!! the cookers do work on the move.John

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