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Berney Arms Map

Berney Arms is named after a public house which stood on the banks of the River Yare, just before entering Breydon Water and some 4 miles away from Yarmouth. Unfortunately the Berney Arms closed a few years ago and despite attempts to re-open it as a community owned pub it remains closed. The proximity to Breydon Water however makes the moorings of strategic value to holidaymakers. Many hire craft sport flying bridges – dual steer cruisers where you can steer from both inside and outside have a higher airdraft and therefore need more room to pass under Yarmouth’s two low bridges. The river is tidal and height under these bridges can vary by as much as 6 feet so arriving at Yarmouth at high tide would preclude these boats from passing under and on towards Yarmouth Yacht Station or the upper reaches of the River Bure. The moorings at Berney Arms , the last before Yarmouth therefore make a good lay-over location to wait for the tide to flow out enough to enable passage through. Also, the speed of the current can be un-nerving for first-timers so there is merit in waiting for the tide to become slack before continuing on. When approaching the moorings be sure to run against the tide so that your craft will slow down as you approach the side. Never moor running with the tide as you will lose control. When tying up allow enough rope for your boat to drop with the level of the river as the tide flows out.

Things to Do: Berney Arms also houses an impressive windmill which is open to the public from time to time. It has it’s own set of moorings which are preferred to those outside the pub as they are being maintained. The windmill has great views over the marshes and Breydon Water being over 70 feet high.. Breydon Water is on your doorstep and is a RSPB bird reserve. Take a river/marsh side walk to see all manner of birds and wildfowl. Berney Arms has it’s own train station which is located some yards behind the pub, down a rough track. The reason for a train station in such a deserted area is that the land was originally purchased in 1844 from one Thomas Berney so that a line could be established between Norwich and Yarmouth. A condition of the sale of the land was that a stopping place be provided and upkept in perpuety. The station is very small and traces of its past can still be seen.

Eating and Drinking:
A cafe has opened on the site of the public house.

TIP: The moorings closer to the inn are probably not being maintained and are best avoided. If you intend tieing up whilst waiting for the correct tidal conditions to allow passage through the low bridges at Yarmouth, moor closer to the mill, which has plentyful free 24 hour moorings.

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