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HI and welcome

To be honest I think you must be nuts  ( not really ) to consider going to Yarmouth on your first trip to the broads.

The journey from  Acle Is dull and uninteresting and the moorings at the yacht station are ok but nothing special.

However the main thing Is the yacht station Is quite some distance from the seaside attractions of Yarmouth beach if that Is what your children are keen on.

I agree with the other comments about getting a taxi to Yarmouth for the beach or go to bewilderwood at horning and wroxham barns and miniature world at wroxham to provide child orientated activity.

Have fun

Graham

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Jun-19-2018 @ 11:23 AM                           Permalink
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Arrive at Yarmouth  at low water stay overnight  all day in Great Yarmouth  leave when the tide has tuned probably 5 ish .
If you travel against the tide it will cost a fortune in fuel and take forever.

Many Thanks Tim

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The walk from Acle Bridge to the bus stop in Acle village is a long way for kiddies (there is only one bus stop)though plenty of X1/X11 when you get there Going Horning way far better I think & from Wroxham Stn to Cromer for seaside is 30 min train ride & hourly approx.

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There is a lot of hate for Yarmouth on here LOL  I am starting to re-consider though, I think we will maybe head to horning from stalham see how we get on the first day or so and take it from there.  Yarmouth just seemed the logical place to go with kids thats all.

With this in mind any suggesions on where to moor the first night? I pick up the boat at 2pm so it will probably be 3.30 / 4pm before we are under way so horning is probably a bit to far to get to and find a mooring?  Also is it worth going to both horning and wroxham in the boat or are we better off mooring at one and getting a bus/taxi to the other?

Thanks for the advice  Smile



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Hi there ,
Don't be put off taking the kids to gt Yarmouth, but I recommend either getting the bus from either Sutton stathie / womack water (Ludham ) potter heigham, no6 bus service Monday to Saturday, but please note last bus back is usually after 5.30 pm , or either Moor at Acle or stracey arms windmill , and get a taxi from there , as said the journey there beyond stracey arms is a bit boring, plus strong tides currents to contend with when you approach gt Yarmouth, let alone the tide drop ,

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Hi agree with all that has been said about taking a risk on your first time plus you only have 4 days to get there and back, best to book a mooring at the new inn at Horning and get a taxi to bewilderwoods for the day and then a mooring at wroxham for a train ride to where ever you want to go, as for your first night you could always try Gays staithe or mud weight on Barton broad, just make sure you have an evening meal on board for your first night.
Good luck and enjoy. Smile

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It's not so much "hate"  for Great Yarmouth, more concern for new boaters, and with only a 4 day trip.

I would say that if you really want to go to Yarmouth for the day , do it by car on the day you return the boat. Easier, safer, less stressful, and  if you think the little ones could be bored on the boat , they most definitely would be bored on the long stretch to Yarmouth.

At the end of the day it's your holiday of course but I think you will find that the collective advice from members is worth taking into consideration.

Best wishes for a great time, and I hope the kids love it and want to return - it is a very special place in so many ways.

Karen  

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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.

Enjoy  Smile

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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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