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Nofolk broads holiday

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Nofolk broads holiday

Hi we are hiring a boat from Stalham next weekend for 7 days. Never done the Broads before so we have a couple of questions.

We want to moor up and visit Norwich for a night out mid week, can anyone recommend a pub with a bit of live music,, (were ages 35 - 50) also any tips on mooring up there would help.

Also does anyone know if we can we get from Stalham to Hickling on the first night as there's a classic bike fair at a riverside pub there over the weekend and it looks quite lively.

Not bothered about the other days as we'll just chill out.

Any help would be very welcome.

Thanks.

Norfolk
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1. Re: Nofolk broads holiday

Stalham to Hickling involves taking the river Ant , the Bure, then the Thurne and should take 4 - 5 hours. Hirecraft require a pilot to get them under the old bridge at Potter Heigham, so there may be a delay here, and depending on state of the river, it is not always possible.

Norwich by river will require crossing Breydon Water - check our Broads Authority website for instructions on how and when to do this safely.

Have a great time!

middle england
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2. Re: Nofolk broads holiday

If Hickling is on the first night, it might be better to just cruise for a short while around Stalham, say to Wayford Bridge , Dilham or Sutton, return to Stalham and travel to Hickling by car, only a few miles away.

If you are going to Norwich and back from Stalham, you'll have quite a hectic schedule and little time for chilling out.

Norfolk
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3. Re: Nofolk broads holiday

Aardvark is right! Stalham to Hickling by car takes 15 minutes!

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4. Re: Nofolk broads holiday

Thanks for the replies, they have certainly got me thinking now.

From the info on the Hoseasons website I was under the impression that it would be easy to more or less do the whole area in a week, I am wondering if we should actually bother with Norwich now.

I thought that might be a place to head mid week before turning back.

We are thinking of taking it easy on the Saturday now and heading to Hickling to arrive for Sunday afternoon and evening.

Any thoughts on whether that is a better idea?

Any suggestions for an itinerary would be very welcome.

Norfolk
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5. Re: Nofolk broads holiday

It all depends on what you want from your trip.

The pace is slow - as is the speed limit on the broads. From your post, I get the sense that you do not want to spend all day, every day on the water at 4 mph?

If you want to cruise to Norwich you could start with Hickling on Sunday - go to Gt Yarmouth on monday (5 hrs). Cross Breydon water to River Yare & on to Norwich on Tuesday, then you have Weds / Thurs / Fri to reverse it to return.

I reckon you will see more if you stick to the northern broads - off the river Bure. Take it slow, visit a few places and if you fancy a night or a day out in Norwich, moor up at Wroxham and take the train. It only takes around 20 minutes, and they run more or less hourly.

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6. Re: Nofolk broads holiday

gorb321 , -- thank you very much for your reply. We have now changed our minds and are going to take your advice and stick to the Northern broads. We are going to attempt getting to Hickling on Sunday and take it from there , probably going as far as Acle, then head back towards Wroxham.

This now seems a bit more sensible.

Our party consists of a couple who enjoy birdwatching and photography, who have many years ago had a boat and done sea fishing. We've been on a narrowboat before, so we're not entire novices, just new to this area.. Its just that a few of us would welcome something a little bit lively one evening/night and were hoping the day at Hickling will fit the bill.

Thanks

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