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Hi again

Just to make it clear I love Great Yarmouth and we go at least once a month to walk along the sea front . It's just that we wouldn't dream of doing it by boat when your time Is so limited and the trip so unrewarding.

We only go by boat out of necessity when passing through to the southern broads.

I would use the boat for both horning and wroxham. Wroxham and salhouse broads are something else particularly salhouse where the beach Is great for youngsters.

I would also vote for mud weighting at the edge of Barton Broad on your first night.

Waking up just after dawn surrounded by water and mist remains a magical experience and I have been doing it for more years than I care to remember.

If you want to get someone hooked on the life that Is the way to do it , particularly if you have remembered the bacon and bread for your early morning sandwich.

Have fun

Grahsm

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I think Ruby has just about summed it up.

As has also been said, if you are concerned about youngsters getting bored, then four hours of travel each way to Yarmouth with pretty uninteresting banks for most of the way would be a big chunk of your 4-day break.  And it's a long walk from the Yacht Station to the beach & family attractions (which are great, as has been said).  In contrast, the rivers above Acle Bridge, especially up through Horning to Salhouse and Wroxham, have lots of things to see as you pass, and provide free entertainment for all ages.

I, too, would recommend mud-weighting in Barton Broad for your first night, and totally agree that waking up with water all around you is quite magical  -  something we have done (especially with visitors on our boat).  Plan for it  -  take some food ready for that first supper and breakfast.

If you are on a boating break, my own preference would be to do activities that relate to the boat trip  -  rather than leaving it behind to get in a taxi to go to somewhere you can just as easily drive to (and costs quite a lot).  So  -  perhaps Ranworth, and ice-creams from the shop by the staithe, along the board-walk to the conservation centre (with displays and activities for kids), then up the Bure to Salhouse, mooring near the beach.  Maybe Wroxham -  how about bringing Fish & Chips back to the boat?  Walk to 'Miniature World'  -  great for the younger ones and adults too.  Then just go where the fancy takes you.

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Thanks for all the replies, my 'yarmouth hate' comment was tongue in cheek.  Having read some other post on here I was expecting a few people advising me not to go lol.  We are traveling down from the north of Scotland and have other plans already in place for after returning the boat, so Yarmouth is not somewhere we can easily visit outwith our days on the broads.  I have decided to take the advice on board with a bit of a compromise. My plan is now:

- Acle bridge first night
- Moor at Stacey Wind Pump the following moring and take a bus into yarmouth.  This will cut out the boring trip against the tide to yarmouth down the river.  If yarmouth is not our cup of tea we can head back to the boat early and make our way back up north  (maybe to Ranworth) without loosing too much time.
- Next day at Horning / Wroham, the miniture world and railway sound interesting and bewilderwood is also something we will consider.
- Planning to mudweight at barton broad the last night now, this way we get to try it out and we are nice and close to stalham for returning the boat the following morning.  

I am now just going to have a loose plan and see how it goes.

One last question:  I assume that the X1 / X11 bus will stop for us if we flag it down by the side of the road at stracey wind pump, but does anyone know for sure?  Also how are the buses paid for? would i need exact change,  do they exept contactless cards?

Thanks Again.

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The X1/X11 only stop at the stops listed in their timetables, so, in this case, The King's Head, Acle and Market Gates, Gt Yarmouth. They do accept contactless payment. Info from First Group

"..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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Sorry no bus stops at Stracey arms , taxi from there ,

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( apparently a moaner)

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Hi all,

Thought I would give you an update on what we actually ended up doing, still planned going to Yarmouth (mooring at Stracey Arms) right up until we picked up the boat but the guy giving us the trial run did a great job of putting us off, so after mooring at Ludham Bridge the first night we decided to just head up the Bure, popped into ranworth but couldn’t get a mooring at the BA spots so we headed up to horning, went up to the swan on the off chance of getting the BA moorings but ended up back at the ferry marina and took a walk into the village, decided against bewilderwood on this occasion as the kids seemed happy with seeing the ducks and swans and getting an ice cream, ordered a Chinese and got it delivered to the boat that night.  Next day we went up to Wroxham and moored at the BA moorings upstream of the bridge, we went to the miniature world and and a good look round all the shops (Roy must have been some guy! LOL) the last day we had a sail up to Coltishall first thing for an hour or so before heading back down the river, managed to get a mooring at ranworth for a few hours went up the church tower and round the nature trail, before heading back towards Stalham, we checked a few mooring spots but they were all full so we ended up back at the boatyard (wife was not keen on mudweighting on Barton broad  Confused). All in all we really enjoyed the the few days and so did the kids, we will probably look to plan a longer trip in the next year or so.

Thanks for all the tips and advice

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HI there

Glad it all went well. You will have plenty of time to get to Yarmouth in other holidays.

Difficulty in finding moorings Is quite a common problem which Is why I suggest it that be worth your persevering with the mud weight option. It gives you so many new opportunities.

Also add  a dinghy and you will always be able to get a mooring at ranworth

Have fun

Graham

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