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Ok.  Not sure where to start. Picking up cruiser in wroxham on 19th of august.  I have been doing reaearch but it seems to be getting a bit deep in terms of.....where can we shop, where do we moor, do we really.moor by 2/3 pm every day?  Do we charge the boat every night.  Will i have any privacy?  Quiet?  Best dog walking places?  Sorry but it is getting a bit daunting!!!  Thanks for any input!!!

David Karrass

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Hi David

In August it will be busy and many popular moorings will get full just after lunchtime however there are  miles and miles of rivers to explore and there you will find peace and quiet. Mud weighting in a broad is also a good way of finding tranquility.

Unless you have an all electric boat you will not need to charge every night as the batteries get charged whilst you are travelling ( just like a car ). If you travel for four or five hours each day you should be fine.

Before the car the broads were used to transport things between the villages of Norfolk. Each village had its own staithe and many still exist today. It follows that shopping for food is simplicity itself as virtually all riverside villages still have a village shop where you can get essentials.

My top tip for your holiday is to take every opportunity you can to fill up with water and certainly every two days as a minimum. It is amazing how much you can get through on a boat.

Have fun

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How long is your holiday?
Do you intend staying on the Northern Rivers or will you go South?
What boat are you hiring?
These answers only relate to the Northern Rivers.

where can we shop

Roy’s of Wroxham
General Stores at Ludham Bridge and Ludham Village
Latham’s at Potter Heigham
Shops near the staithe in Horning
Tesco (and other shops) short walk from Stalham Staithe (and Richardson’s)

where do we moor

Hire boats are allowed to moor in hire yards. The Broads Authority provide free 24hr moorings ( see list here ). There are free Environment Agency moorings in Fleet Dyke (which goes from opposite St Benet’s Abbey to South Walsham Broad). There are a number of ‘private’ moorings for a small fee, such as at Salhouse Broad and Acle. It is possible to mud-weight on most of the broads – it’s free but you won’t be able to walk your dog.

do we really.moor by 2/3 pm every day?

At the popular free moorings, probably. They tend to fill up sooner than the ‘charged-for’ moorings. There are bankside mooring possibilities (wild moorings) but you take these as and when they come.

Do we charge the boat every night.

You charge the boat batteries during the day. The boatyard will probably tell you to run the engine for four hours a day, to recharge the batteries. This does NOT mean you run the engine at the mooring, which will annoy your neighbours. You can cruise for four hours, or more, throughout the day and the batteries should see you through the evening. If you find the batteries go flat, they are probably knackered and you should contact the yard for replacements.

Will i have any privacy?
  
The boat will have curtains for the windows. That’s about as much privacy as you will get, unless you moor at a ‘wild mooring’. You are coming in the height of the season and, like all other holiday destinations, it will be busy.

Quiet?

If you avoid the honeypots (e.g. pub moorings) you should expect it to be reasonably quiet.

Best dog walking places?

There are long walks from Womack Dyke, St Benet's Abbey and Fleet Dyke moorings, but most other places will just be along adjacent lanes.

Ooops, nearly forgot, welcome to the forum  Smile

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)


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Thanks for the reply. We are travelling for a week and we have hired the cruiser the Brinks Lullaby Class and we probably will stay North based upon these forums.  
What is the best guide/maps I should buy or download?  We are excited and I just want to make sure I am prepared.  I liked being prepared!!!
Thanks.  Any more advice would be great.  Is it too far to get to Great Yarmouth over the week so we have enough time to get back?
Thanks again.

David

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Hello and welcome David,you are within easy cruising distance of Yarmouth but the area south of Acle is flat and boring and being a first timer you may find it a little difficult mooring there. There are many and varied places on the northern rivers where you can safely aquire some boat handling expertise and visit Yarmouth by bus or train. I am sure you will enjoy visiting the area and come back for more in future years. As has already been mentioned shopping is no problem but mooring at hotspots can be, but it,s no big deal finding a quiet spot away from the more popular moorings.
            Best wishes,Brian.

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We regularly get asked by new boaters on the Broads ( after they have moored up)  such things as which way into town? Which way to the supermarket etc.

Just remember that it may have taken you two hours to travel along the winding river to get to your next destination but in reality you may be only 15 mins ( or less!) driving time from where you left, so you are not in another town, often just a small village.

And to add to the info already given, if you moor at the free moorings at Coltishall on the common ( Anchor moorings is before this and a tenner or so per night so be sure to have a proper map to refer to as opposed to an overview ) , there is a small shop adjacent to the common. Alternatively, if you are happy to walk the 15 mins or so along the road you will find more options in the centre of the village.  This is another reason why a detailed map is really useful, rather than just an overview of the river routes -  you can see which direction to walk to get to anything else!  

Have a great time,  and always make sure you have something on board as a back up for a meal in case you find a lovely wild mooring that you cannot resist!

Karen

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"if you moor at the free moorings at Coltishall on the common..."

Brinks Lullaby won't fit under Wroxham Bridge, so Coltishall is off the itinerary.

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)

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karrass1, there is a very useful map for sale from the forum shop. Click here to take a look.

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)

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Ah shame. Hadn't noticed which boat it was ! Doh

Karen

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When we hired every year ( still do occasionally ) I'm sure the decent maps,  like the Geo map, were available to buy at the yard. Or perhaps we bought in Stalham high street or Wroxham. Cant say for sure,  but so very very useful !  In our early days they were especially useful for the tables on the reverse which gave average cruising times between all destinations.

Karen


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