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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.
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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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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

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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.


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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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