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Norfolk Broads Boat Hire July 2019 Newsletter

School Holidays - It's not too late to take the family on an adventure afloat.
There's still a good choice of boats to choose from. Here we list some examples for the first two weeks.
July is the peak booking month for the school holidays, which usually sell out, so don't leave it too late to book!

Click the boat names for more information

Boat Name

Nights Sleeps Dates Hire
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Bright Horizon
4 4 29th July £667 £167

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4 6 29th July £933 £156



Barnes Brinkcraft
4 6 30th July £1029




Barnes Brinkcraft
4 8 29th July £1105 £138




4 8 29th July £1744 £218




4 10 29th July £1192 £119



Western Horizon
7 4 3rd August £953 £239


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Gardenia Girl
7 4 3rd August £1192 £298



Broadland Galaxy
7 6 3rd August £1335 £223

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Fair Commissioner

7 6 2nd August £2470 £412



Blue Gem

7 7 3rd August £1335 £191

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7 10 2nd August £1703 £170



Prices shown are the accommodation charges taken from the Hoseasons reservation system, and do not include damage waiver or fuel deposit. Prices are correct at the time of writing but remain subject to change.
Full terms and conditions available on the Hoseasons website
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A plea has gone out from some of the social media sites to consider others when mooring up your boat. Especially in the high season, moorings can be at a premium in some places. When tieing up for lunch or the evening, please allow the minimum amount of space required between your boat and the next so that others have a chance of mooring in what space remains. Leaving large gaps (but not large enough to accommodate another boat) is really becoming ant-social, and you never know, it might just be you looking for that last remaining mooring spot.

Norfolk Broads City, town and Village lowdown - Ludham Bridge

The moorings at Ludham Bridge

Ludham Bridge is the name of the structure which spans the river Ant just a short distance from it's junction with the river Bure. A small hamlet has established itself around the bridge though it is true to say that it is an extension of the village of Ludham which curiously enough is actually on the banks of the river Thurne. To travel by boat between these two points would take around 1 and a half hours whereas you can walk between the same points in around 30 minutes and by car in around 5 minutes. Take a look at the map linked HERE to see why.

Ludham Bridge is a very congested area as the bridge acts as a bottleneck to boating traffic in either direction. Take care when passing under the bridge, which is not particularly low, but has
a blind spot until you round a corner. Craft could be approaching in the opposite direction, in which case you should hold your position or back away if needed. Moorings can be found on either bank once you pass through the bridge heading towards Barton Broad. Moorings here are free and in addition water and waste disposal facilities are available if you moor on the right hand side.

Local Attractions: The 20 to 30 minute walk into the village of Ludham, which takes you through pleasant countryside is very rewarding as Ludham is the typical "olde worlde" village complete with ancient houses and thatched roofs. Alternatively, just sit on your boat watching the world (on water) pass by. As said, this is a very busy spot so there is always plenty to keep the interest.

Eating and Drinking: The Dog is the nearest bar being around a 7 to 10 minute walk from the moorings. It has a good choice of food and has a separate restaurant. It also hosts live music from time to time. Wayfarers Cafe and Restaurant can be found next to the General Stores. The Kings Arms is on the village main street so around a 25 minute walk from the moorings. It is well thought of for food and also has a separate restaurant and occasional live music.

Other Services: General Stores and Newsagent - right next to the bridge. Public toilets are a short walk from the staithe - towards the village of Ludham. Water and refuse disposal is available on the right hand bank after passing under the bridge.

TIP. The bridge is a bit of a bottleneck. Be prepared to abort your journey under at the last minute as craft coming in the opposite direction often cannot be seen until they are metres away from the bridge arch.

For more information and locations consult our Ludham Bridge map

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