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Hi, probably a silly question but I take it that all the routes are well signposted?
It's just that looking at Google Maps there are an awful lot of little side streams, back doubles and alternative routes.
I'm not hoping for an extensive system of signposts that would rival the best road systems but I'm assuming that there are signs to say "Wayford this way." or "Potter Heigham down here"
I also assume that the difference between private, paid and free moorings is clearly shown? I'd hate to be clamped!

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The short answer to all your questions is 'Yes'.

To expand on that, there are fingerposts (or larger boards) at all the main junctions. You'll get a map with your booking papers anyway and it's actually quite difficult to get lost.

Moorings are clearly marked as to whether your welcome or not. Obviously, where a landowner has erected No Mooring signs, you won't be welcome. Paid for moorings usually have the amount per day/night clearly displayed. The free 24hr Broads Authority moorings are very clearly marked. The BA yacht stations at Gt Yarmouth and Norwich impose a charge, as do the privately-run yacht stations at Beccles and Oulton Broad.

"..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 there ,
River signs or turn of rivers are clearly signed ,along with river speed signs, BA free moorings are also clearly signed to , when you report into reception pick up a free " broadcaster" news paper that will have a map of the rivers with moorings and other info clearly added to each river , along with river travelling times , again most of this should be onboard your hirecraft in the operators manual ,

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Just to add to the info already given, my advice is that if anything that  appears to be quay heading does not have a sign offering moorings and prices, or a clear Broads Authority  24 hour moorings sign, then don't stop there. Not every area of private river frontage or garden with moorings carries a sign, but any location offering moorings will usually be clearly advertised.

Also be careful to read signage on moorings at pubs as the different businesses vary largely in what they charge and what can be offset against a meal. Some pubs such as the New Inn at Horning make no mooring charge but there is an expectation ( or I suppose a requirement ) that you will eat there in return for the mooring space which they have provided.

There are some areas of old quay heading along the riverbanks where you will note people have tied up - this is known as wild mooring and happens in quite a few spots. It can be a bit risky as the quay heading may be unsafe, damaged, metal, or a combination of all three! Some folk also tie up to trees or grassy open spots  along the bank, but there may be underwater hazards such as branches and roots so it can be a bit risky! At the weekend we passed three boats who had each nosed into a small inlet side by side  but the majority of their hulls were sticking out across the river and causing a hazard themselves , especially for private boats who may travel along the river at night.

There is however a delightful alternative to the various public moorings, and that is the joy of dropping the mudweight  on one of the Broads such as South Walsham or Malthouse ( at Ranworth ) and swinging gently on the rope. great for a lunch stop if you don't fancy it overnight.

Hope you have a wonderful holiday.

Karen

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You can order a large detailed mapHere Smile

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Hi

I am sure you will have a great time. Whilst my fellow posters are quite right in what they say it Is all a matter of interpretation and experience . We have all spent many years on the Broads so to us it all seems simplicity itself.

Another view is that The direction  signs are quite small inmost cases   and are only clear when you know where to look, and they only appear once at the junction itself so you have to be looking out for them.

It Is not like a road where you have lots of repeaters and don't really need a map. Without a map  or the broadcaster and  if you don't know the general layout it Is quite difficult to know how to get anywhere. Particularly if you are not paying attention. The sign for ranworth can be easily missed  for example.

We moor at  Ludham  which Is a dead end at the end of Womack water and  frequently ( about six times this year when we have been on our mooring ) get boats streaming past us looking for Ludham bridge which Is on another river entirely . They have done this by following the signs and not looking at the map.

Similarly the main channel Is not always clearly marked . Going down fleet dyke towards south walsham broad there Is an inviting stretch of water straight ahead and a left turn. . The channel goes left and the straight ahead bit Is shallow and easy to Run aground.

Without concentrating  and regularly checking the map it Is possible to end up in one of those inviting bits on Google Earth which actually are not navigable.

Conversely the access channel to the moorings on Womack island looks impassable from the river and Is not signposted  but can easily found using a map.


Salhouse broad Is not signposted until you are on top of it. If you don't know where it Is in relation to other landmarks you will not find it without your map.

That said it Is very rare for  hire boats to disappear completely and there will always be someone to give you a helping hand if you really do get lost.

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“That said it Is very rare for hire boats to disappear completely”

Now that statement must surely elicit a response from someone....... Evil Grin

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That said it Is very rare for  hire boats to disappear completely


Hold my beer.

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Now there is a good business opportunity- a tracking device for every hire and day boat.
If you took the time and numbers of volunteers and others needed to find craft in trouble into consideration it would probably be self financing ?

Peter


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