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Jul-21-2017 @ 3:36 PM                           Permalink
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Hi Karrass1 and welcome to the forum.

To add, one of our favourite dog walks is from How Hill free moorings on the River Ant (just North of Ludham Bridge).  You walk up to the How Hill Trust through the grounds and join a quiet road heading sout for approx half a mile.  Look out for a marked public footpath sign to the right and follow the path from there.  

The path goes through fields when you reach a road you can turn right on the road or cross to follow the footpath through fields to another road.  Both roads are literally access roads for the houses and are very quiet.

At either when you turn right on the road you will reach footpaths which take you towards the River Ant and then back north to How Hill Moorings.  There is a lovely view across the fen with a photo/sign illustrating the plants etc you can see.

We like it because you are not walking alongside busy roads and the country paths are well marked and have a lovely change of views.  Easy walking and some beautiful views along the way

I've attached a very rough map showing approximately the path to take

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Hello David and welcome.

Although not mentioned on Hoseasons website Barnes Brinkcraft's website shows Brinks Lullaby as having 240v power from Generator, Invertor & Shore.

From a prior discussion Barnes Brink Harmony 1 had a generator that was very noisy.  Let's hope that was just a faulty one and that the one on Brinks Lullaby runs a lot quieter.

David it may be a good idea to ask Barnes to run the generator whilst under load before you leave the boatyard so that if it is noisy maybe they can change it out.

I have only seen one boat complained about having a noisy generator and there are plenty of other boats that have them so hopefully that was a one off.


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


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Thanks. We live in Epping Forest so the quieter walks just to roam around are going to be the better ones.

David Karrass

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Hi we are regulars on the broads been coming for the past 30 yrs or so. food wise we do a big shop before we get on the boat in wroxham there is Roys foodhall veryn handy . we take lots of non perishable food tins of veg packet soup beans etc crispa aalots of snacks and fruit don't forget the fridges on boats are small and you will not be able to freeze anything . we use local shops when possible especially the community shops at Upton and NEATISHEAD where you will be able to stock up on neccesities I also take. whe a container with all the spices we use in small quantaties very useful. when we took our dog we found plenty of moorings to let him off and lots of lovely walks for him , but when Mooring remember to keep your dog and any young children in the cabin safe let tem out when you are moored. have a great holiday enjoy the broads and no doubt like us and many others you will want to keep going back

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Thanks!!!

David Karrass

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Oh yeh, one more thing, what is the wi-fi pod that Barnes Brinkcraft recommends for £25 pounds?  Is the 3g/4g really poor as I have heard. Thanks again.

David

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Thanks for your help.  We shall see where the river flows.  Questions, I assume it is quite chilly in general?  Can you recommend the best possible shoes as well?  Rubber soles.....trainers....wellies......any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
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David, mobile coverage can be sketchy in some areas. If has improved but, due to the rural aspect, it's not blisteringly good.
Having said that, the larger places like Wroxham have decent coverage and, of course, Norwich. Horning is better than it used to be but still not toting 4G very often I'm afraid.

If internet availability is one of your holiday priorities, the wifi pod might be worth a punt.  Smile

Have a great holiday.

John

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Footwear? Wear whatever you're comfortable in. Many just wear trainers. You won't need wellies on board. The moorings are mostly dressed with bark or crushed stone. If you want to walk the public footpaths in the wet, I suggest stout walking boots are better than wellies.

But do remember, regardless of what footwear you choose, wet decks will be slippery. Always keep one hand for you and one hand for the boat.

"..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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Hi  David

Don't be frightened by this but can I suggest some of your thinking should go towards safety on board.

Wellies can be  very dangerous on a motor cruiser as if someone falls overboard they can easily be dragged under as the boots fill up.

On the same theme I would advocate that on your first visit everyone wears a life jacket on every occasion they are not actually inside the boat.

It might seem overkill but if you are still learning to control the boat you do not want to be faced with someone floundering in the water without a life jacket.

Have fun

Graham

Ps if the Internet is vital to you I really wouldn't bother coming as it is very patchy. Far better to assume you will not get a signal and then be pleasantly surprised when you do.

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