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One week's Norfolk Broads boat hire starting from Brundall


This itinerary includes many of the attractions on the Norfolk Broads to entertain the whole family such as Pettitts Family Adventure Park, Sealife Centre in Great Yarmouth and the Castle Museum in Norwich.
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Day 1 Afternoon
at Brundall
O Miles
After take over of your boat depart your home yard for a short cruise over to the Coldham Hall Hotel on the opposite bank of the river. Settle in and discover the ins and outs of your boat.
Day 2 Morning
Brundall to Reedham
9 Miles
2 hours & 15mins cruise time
Cruise downstream past the entrances to Rockland Broad, onwards past the Beauchamps Arms at Buckenham, the entrance to Langley Dyke, the sugar factory at Cantley and the entrance to the River Chet on your right. Shortly after you will encounter the Ferry Inn at Reedham with it's chain vehicle ferry. Continue on until you see the extensive moorings at Reedham village. Ensure you moor against the tide ( i.e. the tide would be pushing you back if you were in neutral) which runs quite fast here.
Day 2 Afternoon
At Reedham
0 Miles
The village has 2 public houses with restaurants. The Post office Stores are close to the moorings and a fish and chip shop a short walk away. For the children, Pettitts Animal Adventure Park is close by.
Day 3 Morning
Reedham to Yarmouth
10 Miles
2hrs & 15mins cruise time
You need to check your tide tables (available on your boat) to ensure you will arrive at Yarmouth around low water so as to be sure your have the required headroom to get under the low bridges at Yarmouth. The ranger at Reedham will assist you with this if required. Again it is important to leave your moorings against the tide here. Continue down the river Yare under the swing rail bridge and past the entrance to the New Cut on your right. The river is wide and devoid of services until you reach Berney Arms windmill and public house at the mouth of Breydon Water. Continue on ensuring you keep to the marked channel. Just after the Haven Lift Bridge is a yellow marker pointing to the river Bure and the moorings at Yarmouth. Ensure you moor against the tide here. The on-site rangers will assist you in tieing up your boat safely and direct you to the town centre.
Day 3 Afternoon
At Yarmouth
0 Miles
Great Yarmouth town centre is around 10 mins walk from the moorings. The town boasts a Sealife Centre, a model village, funfair, various museums and of course the piers. For those needing to stock up on provisions, Asda is a short walk from the moorings just beyond the railway station.
Day 4 Morning
Yarmouth to Burgh Castle
9 Miles
2 hrs & 15mins cruise time
Ensure there is sufficient clearance under the low bridges at Yarmouth to allow passage back out towards Breydon Water. Leaving against the tide will ensure you have sufficient control of your boat. The on-site rangers will be able to advise. Head back up Breydon Water but at the far end take the left hand channel towards Burgh Castle which is the site of an old Roman fort. The walled remains can be seen once moored just after the major boatyard on the riverside.
Day 4 Afternoon
Burgh Castle to St Olaves
5 Miles
1 hr & 15mins cruise time
Again, leave against the tidal stream continuing in the same direction away from Breydon Water. There is little of interest to point out on your journey. On reaching St. Olaves, you can moor either before the road bridge at the public moorings (quieter) or outside the Bell Inn public house, just after the Bridge. Nearby is the small Augustinian priory with it's complete 14th century brick-vaulted refectory under-croft. Lamas, goats and sheep can be seen on the approaches to the Priory Farm Restaurant nearby.
Day 5 Morning
St Olaves to Oulton Broad
8.5 Miles
2hrs cruise time
Departing against the tide, continue in the same direction passing the swing bridge at Somerleyton and on until you see the junction sign for Oulton Broad, which is a left turning. A short dyke takes you to the wide expanse of water that is Oulton Broad. Moorings are available at the far end either outside the Wherry Hotel or within the Yacht Station.
Day 5 Afternoon
At Oulton Broad
0 Miles
This a pleasant area with many people enjoying waters-ports and walks around the Broad. Children’s amusements are available in the adjacent park as is a local museum.
Day 6 Morning
Oulton Broad to Cantley
14.5 Miles
3 hrs cruise time
Retrace your steps back down the river Waveney past Somerleyton swing Bridge and on towards St. Olaves. Just before the village is a channel going off to the left towards Reedham called the New Cut. Take this turning and proceed on down until you approach the river Yare. Keep to the left and proceed under the Swing Bridge at Reedham, past the village quay, the entrance to the river Chet to Loddon and on until you see the Sugar Factory at Cantley. Moorings are available at he Public House
Day 6 Afternoon
Cantley to Bramerton Woods End
10 Miles
2hrs & 15mins cruise time
Upon leaving Cantley continue up the river Yare and retrace your steps of earlier in the week past Brundall until you reach the moorings at Bramerton Woods End. This is a pleasant area for walks and playing on the adjacent green. A public house is a short walk away.
Day 7 Morning
Bramerton Woods End to Norwich
5 Miles
1hr & 15mins cruise time
Continue in the same direction past wooded banks, under the high road bridge at Postwick and on into the city of Norwich. Moorings are available at the Yacht Station which is a 10 min walk to the city centre with it's castle, museums, market place and all manner of attractions.
Day 7 Afternoon
Norwich to Surlingham
6 miles
1hr & 30mins cruise time
Retrace your steps back down the river towards Brundall, past Bramerton and on until you see the Ferry Inn at Surlingham. Make this your last mooring before your return home tomorrow. The village walk is through lovely countryside.
Day 8 Morning
Surlingham to Brundall
2 Miles
30min cruise time
Surlingham is just a short cruise away from your home yard at Brundall.

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