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Hello All,

As first timers on the broads myself and my wife have booked a Brinks Topliner form Barnes Brincraft starting from Wroxham. It is not suitable for Potter heigham and Wroxam bridges. We have booked for 7 days from 8th October, just to chill out!!

We know Norfolk very well, particulalry the northern villages although not via the broads. Boat handling is not too much of a problem as I am ex Merchant Navy, but that said, not done he broads.

We want to go to Norwich via Gt Yarmouth which we hear we can do in the week. As I said we have toured the northern villages extensively, but feel disadvantaged at not being able to get under the bridges ( although I have heard it is not too much of an issue )

So two things. Any feelings about getting to Norwich from Wroxham ( cant find any specific route info apart from following the rivers and Breydon water ). if we go NORTH what are are options, best routes considering the bridge situation ?

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Malc

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Sep-08-2016 @ 4:44 PM                           Permalink
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Hi there ,
Welcome to the forum , good news is that low water at gt Yarmouth that week are reasonable times to clear the bridges for breydon trip , so personally I'd either moor at acle / stokesby / Stracey arms if you get to them before its dark on your take over day , it'll help for a Sunday morning cruise , 10.39 am at low water gt Yarmouth , if not and your happy with a Sunday , try Monday morning crossing , 11.53 am ,  return times from weds 14.25 , Thursday 15.27 , but do bare in mind daylight times , weather factors ,
Good luck and enjoy

steve and vicky

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Sep-09-2016 @ 7:48 AM                           Permalink
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Hello Malc and welcome.
Firstly, the route.
As you reach the top of Breydon water you simply vear to the right (passing the now derelict berney arms pub) and follow the yare to Norwich. You'll find black and white sign posts on 'junctions' making it fool proof. You'll pass such places as Reedham, Cantley sugar plant and Brundall  before reaching Norwich itself. We often stop at the ferry Inn for a few San Miguels and watch the little ferry scurry back and forth. Very pleasant hour or so. The return journey (from yarmouth to Norwich and back) can be done in a day so it's an easy trip over two/three days.
Personally, we rarely bother with Norwich whilst on the boat as we don't consider it pleasant area to cruise and some may consider the yacht station itself as not the safest place to overnight. We much prefer the quieter southern broads with the wherry hotel on Oulton broad a must for us.
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We will also be on the broads that week and would be more than happy to help out or answer any questions that inevitably crop up on your first time out.
The topliner is easy to spot and we'll be on Whisper Emblem, an electric twin deck from horning. We'll be flying a Welsh flag from the bow so give us a wave or join us for a pint of you can.
Enjoy your holiday and remember, you'll be hooked. The broads are addictive.
Dave and lesley.


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Sep-09-2016 @ 8:57 PM                           Permalink
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How very kind of you all to reply. Thank you for the great advice!!. I have looked at the to routes abit now, and feel we will be fine. I will certainly look out for the Wels flag and say hello if we see you.

Wife wants to go to Norwich, and I noticed moorings just near Yarmouth Rd and then some more in the centre ( for a fee ). Any preference ?. One point will moorings be Ok at Yarmouth ? ( generally really !! ) we intend to stop overnignt there I think.

Point is will I be panicking about moorings or  should they be reasonably free at this time ?

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Malc

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Hi Malc,

Here is an extract from my website.  You could double check using the telephone numbers provided.

"Yarmouth Yacht Station - Staffed every day during the season 8.00am - 8.00pm from the Saturday before Easter until the first week in November.  Unattended and no mooring is allowed outside this period. Y.S Tel: 01493 842794.

Opposite Yarmouth Yacht Station two overnight moorings with electric are available all year at Everitt Marine Services Tel: 07943 700865."

Have a great holiday Cheers

Kind Regards
Alan...
www.mynorfolkbroadsboating.co.uk/


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Hi Malc, don't let me put you off going to Norwich. It's a popular trip and the yacht station is very central in a very pleasant city. It's just that our preference is for quieter moorings.
We like nothing more than dropping the mud weight in the middle of a broad and forgetting the rush and bustle of the towns. Between the two of us we have three 'busy' jobs and use our broads holidays to catch up on photography and writing.
As you approach Norwich yacht station you will find it difficult to Moor so the station itself is a welcome appearance. They have showers etc and helpful staff and is a short walk from the shops etc. I would make sure your ropes are tied so that the knots are onboard and all doors and windows shut but these are sensible precautions wherever you moor.
In early October you won't have much trouble mooring anywhere but if you have a specific spot in mind (like a particular pub in horning or wroxham) then you should moor up earlier rather than later.
Yarmouth yacht station needs a little planning as you really want to arrive around slack water (just after low tide) but the staff there will help you and again there are facilities available.
At yarmouth, as with anywhere there is a noticeable flow, you should moor up heading into the flow. So if you arrive at yarmouth with the tide still going out you will need to go past the yacht station and under both bridges so you can turn around after the yellow marker post and go back up to the yacht station where the staff will help you moor.
I'm sure you will have a great week.
Dave and lesley.

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Hi Malcolm I would stay on the north side and go and moor at stalham ie Richardson's boat yard and get the bus into Norwich which is just down the road otherwise you are going to lose two days traveling by boat there and back,unless this is what you want to do, steering a boat for eight hours plus each way when you get there you will have to catch the bus into the centra or walk.Why do you wish to visit? Norwich lots to see good markit and good moorings but a lot of traveling unless this is what you want John

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Another option would be to visit Norwich by car on the way to (or on the way back) from your week. You would then see the yacht station itself and would help you decide whether or not to make the trip in the boat.
Don't forget that, once you've been to the broads, you'll probably find yourself back next year so plenty of time to make all these different trips.
I personally have chosen a boat that excludes us from above Potter so we will have a bit of a wander by car the morning before picking 'whisper' up. We have a six hour drive so stay in a local premier Inn the night before and have a gentle morning before going to the boatyard.
Dave and lesley

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Hi,

Thank you one and all; this is just the sort of assistance I was hoping you all could help with. lots of options!!.

I thought of missing Norwich myself and going to the quieter southern broads. However we will like the trip and take it slowly.

I suppose the Norwich idea came about as we both quite like the city and it will be nice to get to almost the centre without worrying about driving the car in !! ( we often get park and ride anyway ). Not been for a few years, but with the advice you folks have been kind enough to provide we shall have a great trip.

We will look out for the Welsh flag as I think we shall moor in Horning on our first night !

Thanks again

Malcolm and Annemarie

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If you drive from Stalham or Wroxham there is a park and ride on that road just before Norwich. John

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