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Aug-22-2018 @ 11:15 AM                           Permalink
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Morning all, we are having our first boating holiday on the Broads starting on Saturday and are hoping for some advice.

First of all, what are the roads like getting to Stalham. We cant get on the boat until 4pm but my wife wants to set off at 4am (from West Yorkshire). Is it worth the early start or will we get there ridiculous early and be lost for things to do whilst waiting for the boat to be ready?

Secondly, we are doing a week and was wondering whether its easily achievable to get to Norwich and back and if anyone has any example itinerary's for the return trip. We want to spend a day in Great Yarmouth for the kids to go to the funfair, etc. But we obviously dont want to go too far and struggle to get back for the last Saturday.

Thanks in advance.

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Hi there ,
Welcome to the forum , I've looked at the tide times for your week afloat , as you mention you may want to visit Norwich , the tide times for slack water are either very early morning starts or late evening unfortunately , personally I'd stay on the northern side for the week ,
With regards to your take over time , you may find you may get your boat earlier when you book in ? Personally I'd leave home early to , to avoid traffic as it's the bank holiday weekend , also you may not be aware , but it's Barton broad reagatta this weekend so take your time and look out for instruction from safety boats and yachts as you cross Barton broad,
Good luck and enjoy

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So forgot to attach tide table for next week

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Hi

I very much agree with Steve.

The only reason you can not enjoy a Broads holiday Is if you try and do too much. You spend so long rushing from place a to b you never get the chance to enjoy where you are at the moment.

In that vein Norwich Is certainly doable but you would be mad to get there and not spend a day exploring the city which you will not have time to do.

Bear in mind the mooring at Yarmouth Is some distance from the seaside attractions and that you will be there at probably the busiest period of the year so rides and things will take longer to enjoy.

Your 4pm start Is the contracted time but many boat yards will agree to an earlier start if the boat Is ready and you speak to them nicely beforehand. I suggest a phone call to the yard mid journey say about 10 am to see how the land lies.

Also remember Norfolk does not do motorways, only has a few dual carriage ways and many of the A roads would pass for minor B roads in many parts of the country. It Is also a favorite hunting ground for caravans and tractors a  combination that can easily grind traffic to a snails pace. It Is a wonderful county but do not anticipate making rapid progress towards the end of your journey, just enjoy it.

Hope you have a great time

Graham


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If you leave at 4 am you would be able to spend a day in Yarmouth before you pick up the boat. In a week you could easily do Norwich and a couple of other places on the South before returning to the North to finish, but, and it’s a big but you would have at least a couple of days where you are cruising for seeral hours. I have done North and South in the week many times in the past and enjoyed it but you would equally enjoy doing either just the North or Just the South. Personally I would opt for the South and work a route around Oulton, Beccles and Norwich then return on the 5th day to the North and pick up a couple of the delights of the North.
People will tell you only to go through GY at low tide, while this is preferable it is not compulsory and provided you have clearance at the Yarmouth bridges you can pass through at any time. Yes it may cost you a couple of quid extra in fuel to “punch the tide” one way or the other but then again a boating holiday isnt cheap and the extra £20 or so (max) it might cost you is a cost worth paying IMHO to travel at a time convenient to your plans.
Enjoy

Dave

P.S. although the yard may say 4 pm handover it is well worth calling at the yard anytime after 1pm and let them know you have arrived, quite often you can get out well before the advised time.

if it is to be it is up to me.

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Hi again ,
Forgot to add , that there is a tescos in stalham , along with other shops and a wonderfull butchers who do cracking hot filled rolls ,in the high street , also there is the museum of the broads just along from your boatyard at stalham , so may be worth visiting if your boat may not be ready on arrival ,

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By all means leave early, you'll find the traffic less & probably a lot calmer! I regularly travel from S.Manchester to West Somerton, not far from Stalham in 51/2 to 6 hours. Not sure where in W.Yorks you are but possibly use A1 to Colsterworth, then A515 to Bourne, Spalding & on to the Pineapple roundabout to join the A17, then at Kings Lynn join A47, stay on until Acle roundabout & take the A1064, at Billockby take the left fork onto B1152, follow this to Repps with Bastwick & merge onto the A149, here you have a choice, either stay on the main road, or take the left fork for the notorious old bridge, you could stop at Lathams to do you stocking up if after 08:30. If you do stop at Lathams, or use the old bridge rejoin the A149 & turn Left. Look out for the entrance to the Sutton Staithe Hotel, Richardsons is not very far away now, you'll see the boatyard from the A149 so be ready to do a left onto Staithe road, you can't miss Richardson's entrance!  Smile

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If you do decide to come "South" and want a trip to Norwich some moor at Reedham and take the train 10 minutes walk and 20 minutes on train (The Yacht Station is only 100 yards or so from the Railway Station) and saves a four and a half hour cruise each way
Acle to Norwich or Yarmouth by bus or train don't work as the village is too far from the bridge (and is quite a way even for grocery shopping as the quite large co-op is the wrong side of the village (the old co-op is now funerals only)
Peter

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Plenty of good advice already. For my tuppence worth, leave early and spend the day in GT Yarmouth as has been suggested. Allow probably two/three hours from leaving A1 to Yarmouth.
Stay on the northern rivers and save at least two days fairly boring cruising.
Visit Norwich by train from Wroxham/Hoveton station.
Possibly visit Bewilderwood at Horning.
Cruise slowly, stop frequently and enjoy everything around you.
HAve a great time

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Hi, I'm sure you're going to have a great time. My opinion differs slightly from the above but I'll add my 5p worth anyway.
Yes, I would leave early. You avoid the traffic and you get more time in the area. I would use that day to visit Norwich. Norwich is a lovely place to spend a few hours but the boat journey to it is featureless and the least picturesque part of the broads. Certainly not worth the days return travel it takes whilst on the boat. I would aim to pop into Richardson's around two o'clock and say "we're a bit early to pick up our boat so can you tell us where the local supermarket is please" and they'll probably say "Well your boat is ready now if you want". BTW the Tesco is five mins walk from the boat yard.
Great Yarmouth is ok for a few hours visit but, most importantly, it's the gateway to the southern broads. Prettier and quieter in my opinion anyway. Don't be put off by the bridges and talk of fast tides. Just try and arrive at Yarmouth near low tide and set off up breydon water as the tide rises. Most importantly, don't give yourself too ambitious a schedule. The main charm of the broads is serenity. You won't get that thrashing the engine against the tide.
Slow down and smell the roses.
Have a great time.

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