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Jul-23-2016 @ 10:14 AM                           Permalink
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We've just returned from a great holiday. 2 adults and 2 teenage girls. We could've quite easily stayed for another week. Here's our story.
Don't listen to your satnav. However long it says your journey will take add another hour or 2. We arrived over 2 hours late to the boatyard at Wroxham on Friday evening. Having phoned ahead to warn them, the staff were brilliant. Being newbies we decided on staying at the boatyard overnight. The boatyard guys gave us training on Saturday morning and took us through Wroxham bridge as we decided to get our river legs on the stretch up to Coltishall. He jumped off just after the bridge and left us to it. The river Bure up here is beautiful and so peaceful. We moored at Coltishall and had lunch at the Rising Sun (great food). We needed to get back through Wroxham bridge near low tide so headed back down river and phoned the bridge pilot who expertly took us through easily. The Bure from Wroxham and past Horning was extremely busy and it was quite stressful avoiding other boats who hadn't picked up the skills required as easy as we had. No spaces were available at Horning (You really need to book in advance if you want to moor here). We found a lovely spot at St Benedicts church and with only 1 other boat spent a very peaceful night here. Did a little fishing to keep the girls amused.
We set off at 9.30 and headed for Neatishead on the Ant. Here it was very tight for a 44ft boat but we squeezed in . As we found if you go in forward you will need to reverse out as we tried and failed to turn around using the ropes. Lovely pub, booking essential at busy times. Fished again and caught some perch and roach.
On Monday we decided on a longer trip to recharge our batteries (had not had chance of using shore power yet) and headed to Stokesby. Managed to get last mooring by very kind people moving their boat along a peg. This is the first time we'd seen any kind of tide although the boat only moved about a foot. Definitely do not swim here as you could see the rip tides in the water. Did a little fishing but wasn't as good as previous 2 nights.
Thought about going to Yarmouth but decided against it on advice from other people who had been there and set off back upstream. Took the Thurne to Ludham and had lunch here but decided it was too crowded for us and motored to Thurne Dyke. We moored on the farm side for £4 as it looked better kept. We got a beautiful sunset here over the windmill and the huge new full moon rose behind us.
Wednesday we sailed back up through Barton Broad and onto Dilham. Up here it's beautiful. We didn't see another boat on the crystal clear river. We did see huge pike and what looked like trout!! It is extremely narrow up here and were glad to get moored although we did have to manoeuvre a little bit to a different peg. There is a stretch of bank that is cordoned off as it looks like it's subsided so not much room and even less to turn around but we managed (thank god for bow thrusters). This was definitely the best fishing catching bream, perch and roach. The food in the pub was amazing. The other 2 boats left mid afternoon and we were alone for the rest of the night. Bliss.
On Thursday We had a trip down to Ranworth and got the last mooring. Had a couple of drinks at the Maltsters and then motored up river as we had booked in at The New Inn at Horning so we were close the get back to Wroxham the next morning. Although the food in the pub was lovely and we met some nice people I felt it was very crowded (especially mooring stern on).
The Fair Chancellor is a fabulous boat. Very comfortable and easy to manoeuvre. We were lucky to get beautiful weather and got a great tan with having the siding roof. The girls enjoyed the trip more than expected, even not having phone signal and wifi didn't curb their enjoyment although we always knew when the signal appeared as all would go quiet.
We'll be back.


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Hi Candocrew,

Thanks for taking the time to share your holiday experience.  Sounds like you had a great time so I suspect you will not leave it too long before returning. Cheers

Kind Regards
Alan...
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Nice holiday tale Candocrew. Glad to see you will be back, there's plenty more to explore.
It's also nice that the girls enjoyed the week. Our daughter Alice has been coming with us since she was three. She's 21 now, did her own thing last year, so it was just me and Jen, but missed it so much, she has insisted on coming with us again in September.

Tim

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We are already planning our next visit. We really fancy sailing through Breydon water. The tides weren't ideal last week so we didn't bother.



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