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first time on broads, 3april for a week, suggestions where to go, where to moor up, good restraunts and pubs, things for a 10 year old to do. cheers all

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The Southern Rivers are a great place to spend a week. Anywhere you go will be nice because it will be The Broads.
Don't rush about, just take it slow and enjoy the trip. Remember to stop and get off the boat from time to time. You will see far more this way.
I like to visit Norwich (for the day - go somewhere else overnight), Reedham, Beccles, Geldeston, Oulton Broad, Rockland, Langley Dyke, Loddon/Chedgrave and everywhere else in between.
Sorry - I can't advise on pubs. I am not into these places myself, but no doubt someone will advise.

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Feb-09-2009 @ 6:27 PM                           Permalink
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Andy...with Brundall as your starting point you've got some stunning places to visit in a relatively short distance.

If you go upstream towards Norwich, you will pass Surlingham and the famous Surlingham Ferry pub. Well worth a visit. Proceeding further upstream you will arrive at Bramerton. There are two sets of public moorings here, one set on the Green and one a little further outside the pub there, the Bramerton Woods End. Not been in there for a while but it used to be a decent hostelry.

Continuing upstream towards Norwich you will arrive at Thorpe. There are two VERY low fixed railway bridges here. Only venture through to Thorpe Green if you are absolutely sure you can get through intact. You boat will have a notice on it telling you the clearance you need. Watch your tides carefully and plan your return otherwise you could get stuck there waiting for the ebb tide.If you don't want to chance these bridges, there is a public mooring area before the village called Commissioner's Dyke (or Cut...never can remember). These moorings are free but yo'll have a 10 minute walk into the village. Quite a nice walk actually. Some good pubs here too.

Around the Thorpe area is also Whitlingham Park...lots of moorings and a definitely a place to visit IMHO.

You can get right up to Norwich by branching onto the river Wensum. It is a very nice trip up there but, as Nigel says, best not to stay the night there...it can get, shall we say, a little 'tasty' as the night wears on! The Brains Trust Yob Culture is alive and kicking in Norwich at times unfortunately.

If you head downstream from Brundall, the first place of interest will be Rockland St.Mary where the New Inn will superbly deal with your hunger and thirst. Be warned though, the trip down to the staithe isn't for those of a nervous disposition. It is quite narrow and probably best attempted towards the end of your holiday when you have become nice and confident with the boat and how it handles.

I have to nip out now so I can't continue the Cook's Tour...maybe someone else can carry one where I've left off. If not, I'll post up some more later...if you'd like?


Cheers

John

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loddon nice for a visit the river's narrow at first but does get better there's free mooring and water at the staithe and pye's mill there's four pubs two buchers five takeaways and a co-op there's also a  playground in chedgrave for the kids (5 minute walk ask for directions).
have a look at this website for photos http://www.broadsnet.co.uk/
Have a great holiday


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hi andy,  we stayed overnight in norwich last year in june. with no problems  alittle bit of traffic noise but that was all. I have been led to believe that new cctv cameras are in place this year aswell. so don't necessarily discount it.
  we were advised to avoid it at weekends so followed that advice and stopped on a monday night, we had a great evening went out for tea and also went to the pictures which is just 5 mins walk away great break for the kids, lets be honest it's their holiday too.

incidently ,we will be about that week too on majestic gem ,out from the 4th to the 18th and are planning to go south for the first week  so may well see you around mike

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The river Chet down to Loddon is very picturesque and quite narrow in places so you'll need to take it really steady down there.

Downstream from the Loddon/Chet junction is Reedham Ferry...lots of free moorings and the Ferry Inn.

Another mile downstream is Reedham itself...not everyone's idea of the perfect Broadland stopover but it has water points and sometimes even pubs...although whether these are operational for more than a month at a time who knows! The tides are strong here. There is a railway station at Reedham where you can catch trains down to Oulton Broad, Lowestoft, Yarmouth or Norwich and beyond. Pretty good service too and not expensive.

As you proceed below Reedham Bridge the river sweeps to the left towards Breydon Water and Yarmouth. On the right is the Haddiscoe Cut, a 2 mile straight canal section linking the river Yare with the river Waveney. It is probably THE most boring section of water on the system but it does save you many miles of cruising if you want to visit the Waveney.

At the end of the cut you can either turn left towards St.Olaves or right towards Somerleyton. Mooring at St. Olaves can be a stressful experience because the tide runs very quickly here. Approached at slack water (an hour after low water) it's a pussy cat...at other times it's a tiger. Great care is needed. The pub, if open, is the Bell Inn. Not bad.

If you've decided to turn right at the end of the cut you'll soon come to Somerleyton where there are a reasonable number of free moorings which are fairly easy to approach. There is a pub a short walk away called the Duke's Head. Good food and drink but it ain't Wetherspoons...the prices can be horrendous.
There's a railway station here too.

Further upstream the river splits into two. The left fork is Oulton Dyke which leads to the ever-lovely Oulton Broad which has lots of moorings (fee payable) and lots of shops and pubs. There is a park too (Nicholas Everitt). Not sure if the swimming pool is still operational though.

The right fork in the river will take you first to Burgh St.Peter. The Waveney River Centre is here. Moorings, showers and provisions available together with full marina services...at a price. The goose cr*p underfoot is free though. Smile  There's a pub here too...the Waveney Inn. There's always a warm welcome at this pub.

Further upstream you will pass several mooring spots which are somewhat isolated with no pubs in the near vicinity. The river will take you to Beccles, a lovely Suffolk town with all the associated facilities. There are free moorings here but there is also a purpose-built yacht station which offers excellent moorings at reasonable prices.

The river continues towards Geldeston and the Locks Inn. To access this section you will need to get under Beccles Old Road bridge. The clearance here is often not much so you'll need to time your arrival carefully. Depending upon what boat you've hired, you might no even get under this bridge in which case, you can hire a dayboat and make the trip (about 1 hour each way). There was once a water taxi service near the bridge but I'm unsure as to whether that is still operational. The Locks Inn is well worth the effort IMHO.

I hope this potted tour is useful to you in some way...have a great holiday. Cheers

John

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Hi Andy

Welcome to the forum!

The water taxi service that John (Dibbler) mentioned at Beccles is still operational ... it's called the Big Dog Ferry and you can find details on the link below .... it is ESSENTIAL to pre book this though if you wish to use it.

http://www.bigdogferry.co.uk/


If you want something to do away from the water for a day, and you get down to Oulton Broad, you can catch a bus from there to the Pleasurewood Hills theme park which I'm sure your 10 year old would love! Open in 2009 from the 4th April.

http://www.pleasurewoodhills.com/


Great Yarmouth has many attractions that a 10 year old would probably enjoy (I avoid it like the plague personally!) - you don't necessarily need to cross Breydon Water to get there though as there is a train service which runs from Reedham (amongst other places):

http://www.wherrylines.org.uk/


Have a great trip and let us all know how you got on when you get back!!


Carol


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great tips guys. thanks. any more, keep on posting them, i am doing a list and all advise willbe great.  cheers all

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Hi Andy

Reedham has some good pubs, Reedham Ferry, and The Ship are two of our favourites.  Also your 10 year old might like Pettits Adventure Park it opens for the season on 4th April

http://www.pettittsadventurepark.co.uk/index.asp

Also see Wild days out

http://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/broads/live/visiting/places-to-visit/Wild_days_Out_leaflet.pdf

other events

http://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/visiting/what-s-on/events.html?type=all&month=April

Hope you find these useful, and have a super time.

Sharon & Tony

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There's always the seaside always a winner with children of all ages Smile  

Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach is open daily in the afternoons during the Easter Hols, Cinema if its raining and the quality shopping experience that is Regent Road  tounge-in-cheek tat par excellence.

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