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tisher
Aug-11-2011 @ 8:40 AM                           Permalink
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Hi guys we are new to the site. we are collecting our boat for our first family boating adventure. Just got a couple of questions for you experienced sailors. We have hired crystal gem from richardson's would we be okay to take two adult bikes and one child's bike on board (would there be room?)also we are planning to go to bewilderwood kids adventure place is it easy enough to get to from the riverside. And finaly can anyone suggest any good family friendly pubs on route sorry about the questions but like to be prepared thanks in advance.

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Aug-11-2011 @ 9:32 AM                           Permalink
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Welcome to the forum.
Most of the broadland pubs are family oriented, so you shouldn't have issues there.
The other questions I cannot help you with, but I'm sure others will

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Aug-11-2011 @ 9:33 AM                           Permalink
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Hi and Welcome!

Bewilderwood is about a 20 mins walk from Horning Staithe so yes, you can visit from the river. Check your river guide if you're not sure where Horning Staithe is, you'll find it downstream from Wroxham.

Bikes on hire boats? Hmm, not sure on this. They used to allow it and even hire bikes out. I'm not sure on the latest situation but generally each boatyard will have their own policy on things like this. Give Richardson's a call direct and ask! They are pretty helpful and will answer any questions you have. I once called to ask about the 240v electrics and the girl in the office didn't know but she went out to fetch one of the marine engineers that work there to talk to me  and he put me straight!

Other info you may find helpful. There is a Tesco in Stalham (very near the yard) and there used to be a cafe on site at Richardson's but not sure if there still is, as it's a year or two since hired from them. Don't be overawed when you arrive - it's a large boatyard, biggest hire one on the Broads I believe but they are pretty good. I've hired from them loads of times over the years and it has always been great.

Pubs wise, try the Dog Inn near Ludham Bridge, The Bridge Inn near Acle Bridge for starters. If you head over Breydon Water (watch the tide, don't just set off after breakfast or you may hit issues called bridges! Read the guide onboard for crossing Breydon)! The other side of Breydon is the Berney Arms - my personal favourite as I can get a proper pint in there and the food is not half bad either.  There are many pubs on the Broads though and plenty of peeps will have others for you to try.

Hope this helps!

Enjoy your holiday!! Wink

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Thanks for the replys guys I will contact richardsons about the bikes really looking forward to it come rain or shine Smile

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"Hi" Tisha,
Welcome to the forum and Hope you have agreat time on the Broads, as you are running down from Stalham you may not make it down to Horning on the Saturday afternoon so I would pull in at Just before Ludham Bridge or even turn off at the end of barton Broad and stop over at Neatishead as both locations have good pubs near by and then book in at the new Inn for Sunday Night that way you will get down to Horning on Sunday and have all day at the park, as it is your first tiem on the Broads and not sure how long you have it may be best to stay on the north section only the souht section you do need to do a lot of running time between locations where on the north you will find a location ever 30 to 45 mins.
Good luck and if you need any more advice just ask as I'm sure someone on here will be able to help.

Kindest Regards Mike

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When we went to Bewilderwood we moored at Womack Staithe and
got the number 12 bus which stops right outside Bewilderwood. The
bus stop at Womack is about 8-10 min walk outside the church.

If you are going from Horning you can't get many boats on the BA
Staithe but you could moor in Ferry Marinas hireboat yard bu that
would add about another 10-15 mins walk.

For pubs try the Bridge inn at Acle. Great meals and the best play
area by far.



Matt


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