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May-21-2013 @ 7:32 PM                           Permalink
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To recap : Last year first time on the broads on Royal Gem, loved the area, tranquility and cruising the broads but was a bit hesitant with a large boat.

However, bitten by the bug and as soon as home started thinking about this year. Gone for a slightly different twist now and booked a Herbert woods cottage for the week and a day boat for four days.

Planned the days out below but knowing how helpful you guys were last year, would appreciate tips/suggestions on the days out. With the day boat, plan is to cruise longer than I did last year and explore further with a smaller boat.

Day 1: Under Potter Heigham bridge towards Martham, then West Somerton moorings. Then via the Thurne to Candle Dyke, Meadow Dyke, Horsey Mere Staithe. Then into Hickling Broad and either Pleasure Boat Inn or Greyhound Pub for refreshments ! Then back to Herbert Woods.

Day 2 : Down the Thurne,Bure,Ant to Ludham, Barton Broad , Wayford Bridge Inn or Dilham Dyke and Brick Kiln Bridge and Cross Keys Inn. Return via Barton Broad and Neatishead Staithe then Potter Heigham.

Day 3 : Potter Heigham to Hoveton and Coltishall and return.

Day 4 : Down to Stokesby and Stracey Arms before turning round up the Bure, Fleet Dyke, South Walsham Broad, Ranworth/Malthouse Broad (Maltsters), then back to Potter Heigham maybe via Thurne (Lion Pub).

When planning the days out I was looking at areas we didn't visit last year and trying to see new places.

Our second day is the wife,s birthday so looking for a Nice day out or Sunday Lunch as a treat. Plan to visit the Falgate a couple of times in the week anyway and is the Broadhaven still open ?.

Also would welcome advice as a day boater of hidden gems to enjoy in a smaller boat or as ever any do,s/don't,s as still learning the ropes literally.

Feel like this is going to be a part of the world I am already Hooked on !

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May-21-2013 @ 7:43 PM                           Permalink
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Hi Kitman,

Wow you sure intend to cover the North Broads in a day boat. One thing I would say for certain, you will need to top up with diesel. The day boats tanks aint huge! lol

Personally I did from Hickling/Whispering Reeds to Ranworth taking in Womack Water and lunch at Ranworth as you have the day boat dyke to moor at.

It was a long day..9.am till nearlly 5pm so if ever had a day boat again I would do a bit less as comfort stops do have to come into the equation.

Have a great holiday! Smile

Iain.

Lower your windscreen!!! Ooops too late!

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May-21-2013 @ 11:06 PM                           Permalink
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Hi Kidman.
I would give the broadshaven a wide berth so to speak if you are thinking of eating their, I can only go on our experience, three years ago and a few years before that it was horrible, maybe it has changed hands now, but it has certainly put us off, it was almost empty so we should have guessed not to eat their, we waited so long we ended up walking out and going for fish and chips.
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You could always go for a picnic type boat like the one at LBBY has a loo on board + facilities for tea coffee etc.

Doug.

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Wow that's a big plan why not cut it back a bit so you can spend more time at each place fly about you see them but its only a flying visit. You then got an excuse to come back on a boat next year

kindest regards mark summers

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I was at the Broadshaven last summer and things were basic but acceptable. The whole place had been cleaned up so no sticky carpets and tables. The food was basic but perfectly eatable, ham egg and chips  in my case. I've actually had worse at some suppossed superior establishments! The beers on offer were limited but drinkable and prices were average for both food and drink.
It would be interesting to hear of a more recent experience as this place seems to have something of a permanent "avoid" notice on it within this forum!



Trevor

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I don't really get this idea... If you want to do so much boating, hire a cruiser! The Day 2 run is huge... but all of it looks a bit of a gasp... I think you need to decide what you want from your holiday; a cottage by the river with a bit of boating thrown in, or a cruise?  You'd be doing well to cover that ground just in a normal boating week...

Danny

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