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BeckyB
May-21-2011 @ 8:40 PM                           Permalink
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Hi everybody !
Just wanted to say what a fantastic forum this is, so much experience and knowledge all in one place. Thanks from a first-time Broads Cruiser to be....

We are hiring Alpha Vulcan out of Brundall, end of June, for a short break. Party ages are, 4, 40, 45, 72, 75, and 86. !! Any suggestions as to where we head and anywhere we can head with child friendly facilities...


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May-21-2011 @ 11:16 PM                           Permalink
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Wow what a range of ages BeckyB and welcome to the forum.  We also moor at Brundall and have had ages 3, 30?, late 30s?, 54, 63, 84, and canine 6 on board, but only for a visit, no cruising. Perhaps a visit to Oulton Broad and a walk around the gardens with a visit to the play area?  And Beccles is a lovely town, lovely to look at the architecture and the weirdest local ducks and a beautiful church with a delightful view over the river.

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Hi there
When we used to hire the biggest range we had was 2 to early 70s.  

My nan used to love simply people and/or boat watching whereas as my brother and I needed space to run around like mad things.  

It depends really on whether you are staying on the South Broads or intending on heading across to the North.  
As Lisa says Oulton Broad has something for everyone.  
Bramerton Common has space for kids to play.  
Beccles yacht station has a big play area and some nice little quirky shops in town.  
Waveney River centre has a swimming pool for those who like a dip.  
Loddon is a beautiful little village for a wander but the only real space for little ones is the Pye's mill moorings which are slightly downstream.  The walk is easily done for most people but I wouldn't recommend it for anyone a bit wobbly on their pins.  Maybe moor at the village for a wander then move for a run around later.
Will keep my thinking cap on and see if I come up with anything else.

There are plenty of other people, who will probably be along shortly, who know the North better than I do.  Hope this helps.

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That's a good idea Charlie, Waveney River Centre!  Plenty of space for the kids to run and jump about, and also relatively easy walking on the quay heading.  And the showers are an absolute dream.  

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May-22-2011 @ 5:41 PM                           Permalink
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Thank you so much for the suggestions..I will go and look up the places mentioned and try to work out a route. We actually have very little time, picking the boat up on Saturday afternoon and back to Brundall for tuesday morning. Had no idea what is a reasonable distance to go..


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Hi, and welcome, BeckyB,

With only 3 days, the trip North through Yarmouth is out of the question, so the replies above give you some good ideas of where to go.

Now I don't want to worry you unduly, but Alpha Vulcan is one of the biggest hire boats on the Broads. If you have little or no boating experience, I wouldn't attempt the Chet to Loddon on your first outing. That's not to say you couldn't manage it, but even some older hands, (me, for one), get a bit fraught at the tight twists and turns on that river. In my opinion, it's not worth the hassle, even though Loddon is a beautiful place (my Uncle lives there). Whatever you decide, have a good break, and give us a write-up in the "Holiday Tales" section of the Forum when you get back.  

Regards, Ray.

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May-24-2011 @ 9:19 AM                           Permalink
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Thanks for the advice on Lodden..I had been looking at it, but will definitely take your advice. Thought it must be a pretty big hire boat to have all those cabins but hadn't given enough consideration to how difficult we may well find it to steer through the smaller section. Just slightly worried now !!



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BeckyB,

Please DON'T be worried, the main rivers in the South are wide, and less populated than the Northern side. You will have no trouble at all, I'm sure. The Chet to Loddon has many twists and turns and is quite narrow in places. Once you have done it a few times, it's not so bad, but first time out in a large boat could give difficulties to the inexperienced. I've seen one hirer actually side on across the river, he ended up going back the way he came! You wouldn't have that trouble on Vulcan, the river's not wide enough!!

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Thanks for all the advice...and I've been busy reading the discussions on here, so much information !

Can anyone tell me if it is practical to go down to Oulton broad or Lowersoft on such a short trip ( 3 days out of Brundall), the distances on the map mean nothing to me....Thanks again.

I need help !!

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Hi BeckyB, you have picked an ideal spot in Oulton Broad. Moor in the Yacht Station and you have a pleasant park adjacent to the mooring for the children, with numerous excellant pubs and eateries literally a stones throw away. Moored there last holiday with a pair of 4 year old twin boys, two aunts in their seventies and a mother in law of 86. Brundall is roughly a five hour steady run so well within your cruising range. Lowestoft is a bus or short train ride away but Oulton Broad is lovely so you might feel it unnecesary to venture further. Enjoy your trip.

Paul Golden

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