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Hello everyone, we are a family with twin boys of nearly 14 and a small dog.  We have, just on a whim, booked a 4 day break on the Broads next week.  We are starting out at Richardsons in Stalham on a San Salvador (only boat left!!).  We are v excited - but I am quite nervous too!  Any tips on how to get off to a smooth start?  Thanks for all your tips that I have seen on the forum so far for others - v helpful.  Just from those am planning to set off (prob 4pmish) down to Ludham, then to Wroxham, back to Horning and back up to Sutton Staithe.  Is that all feasible?  Are moorings easy to find?  Help!!!!!!  Thank you. X Smile

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Hi Fran and welcome.

That trip sounds about spot-on.  Make sure you always have ingredients (tins/packets etc ) for a couple of meals in case you cannot find an easy mooring for eating out.  The boys will love it.  The mums and ads will probably on to advise how to keep them occupied.

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Hello Fran,

Welcome to the forum, that all sounds achievable.
Your boats air draft is 6 foot 9 inches so should not be an issue with any of the bridges. You will need the pilot for Wroxham Bridge, but it is worth the wait to go along that part of the river.

Mooring could be a problem especially at Ludham, I would arrive at the boat yard early and hope for an earlier set off time.

Take it all slowly and enjoy the slow pace of the Broads.

Please let us know how you get on.

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Fran Hi,
You have chosen a great route.  I am envious I have another 6 weeks plus for my next trip on the broads.  If you want a free downloadable printable distance chart and boating tips etc, pls visit my web site.
Have a great time.

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www.mynorfolkbroadsboating.co.uk/

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Ah thank you all.  Even more excited now.  Thanx yes had planned to take a few bits for eating on board (in case).  Lovely forum may I say.  Thank you.  X  Cheers

Fran x

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Here is a suggestion for a small adventure, Fran. Take a slot of the holiday to mudweight on South Walsham Broad or moor on Fleet Dyke; ring ahead to Fairhaven Garden and book your entry ticket, specifying that you need a pick up by boat from the broad; they will come and fetch you by electric launch. Then, hopefully, the boys could hire canoes/have a lesson,( I am not sure how they work it) from the jetty while you stroll up through the garden to the very nice tearooms. Smile
If you make Fleet Dyke an overnight spot, there is a decent walk up to The Ship for a restaurant quality meal.

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Wow, will look that up now.  Thanx for taking the time to suggest it.  

Fran x

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If you moor at Ludham, all five of you will be welcome at "The Dog" for a meal.

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Ooh, lovely.  That is what we planned to do - if we can get moored up OK.  Do you need us to book or just turn up?  Can ring ahead if you like once we know.  Thank you.  X

Fran x

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Hello Fran,

I am not sure if you can book by one of the other forum members should be able to tell you, the number for the Dog is 01692 630321. An alternative however is the go towards Potter Heigham and try to moor at Womak Staithe and go to the Kings Head (01692 678386)a short walk from the staithe or you could walk the extra distance over to the Dog. We have always found the meals at the Kings Arms very good, my wife loves the slow cooked lamb.

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