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One week's Norfolk Broads boat hire starting from Brundall


This itinerary takes in much of the Southern Broads. We have suggested stop-off points where moorings are easier to manage for those with less confidence or the smaller crew.
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Day 1 Afternoon
At Brundall
0 mile
Take over your boat and either stay within the boatyard at Brundall or take a short cruise down to the Coldham Hall Hotel on the opposite bank of the river.
Day 2 Morning
Brundall to Rockland Broad
2.5 miles
45mins cruise time
Depart Brundall heading downstream in the direction of Yarmouth on the River Yare. A short cruise brings you to the sign-posted entrance to Rockland Broad on your right. Cruise the channel until it opens out onto Rockland Broad. Ensure you keep between the marker buoys to avoid shallow water. At the far end is a narrow channel which leads to the moorings at the village of Rockland.
Day 2 Afternoon
Rockland Broad to Loddon
10 miles
2hrs 30 mins cruise time
On leaving the narrow channel you will see that two routes are marked by buoys across Rockland Broad. Take the channel to the right, which leads you to another channel which in turn connects back onto the River Yare. Turn right onto the Yare and cruise down river past the Beauchamp Arms at Buckenham and the sugar factory at Cantley. Look out for the signpost for Loddon on your right. The River Chet is fairly narrow at it's mouth so proceed with care. Eventually you see the boatyards of Loddon . Those not needing services can moor on the left bank just before the boatyards. Otherwise continue up river until you reach the moorings in the village centre.
Day 3 - Morning
Loddon to Reedham
4 miles
1 hr cruise time
Retrace your steps back down the River Chet to the junction with the River Yare where you should turn right. Soon after you will see the chain ferry at Reedham . Continue on until you come to the extensive moorings at Reedham village. You must approach the moorings against the tide here to keep control of your boat and slow you down as you come alongside. ( i.e. the tide would be pushing you back if you were in neutral) An on-site ranger is available to help you moor if needed and you can catch his attention.
Day 3 - Afternoon
Reedham to Somerleyton
7 miles
1hr 45mins cruise time
Ensure you leave against the tide. The on-site ranger will assist if needed. Continue down under the rail swing bridge and take the right channel at the junction just after. This is the New Cut which runs towards St. Olaves. At it's far end ensure you keep to the right which will lead you to the village of Somerleyton . Once more, you should come alongside with the tide running against you.
Day 4 - Morning
Somerleyton to Oulton Broad
6.5 miles
1hr 30mins cruise time
Continue in the same direction up the River Waveney until you reach a fork in the river. Take the left hand channel which leads to Oulton Broad. Soon the river widens out into a large inland lake which is Oulton Broad . Moorings are available at the far end of the Broad either in the Yacht Station on the right hand bank or outside the Wherry Inn overlooking the Broad.
Day 4 Afternoon
At Oulton Broad
0 miles
Oulton Broad is a playground for all manner of waters-ports. Nicholas Everitt Park borders the Broad and offers wonderful bank-side walks. Children will be happy with the amusements on offer within the park together with the interesting museum.
Day 5 Morning
Oulton Broad to Beccles
10 miles
2hrs 15mins cruise time
Return back down the Broad and the channel which leads to a junction in the river. Take a left towards Beccles and cruise up the river for sometime until you come to the road bridge which crosses just before the moorings at the Yacht Station on your left.
Day 5 Afternoon
Beccles to St Olaves
14miles
3hrs cruise time
From the Yacht Station turn right back down the River Waveney past the Waveney River Centre on your left before turning left again onto the main river. Continue on past Somerleyton and it's swing bridge until you come to the junction with the New Cut. Do not enter and instead continue on towards the village of St Olaves. Moorings are available either before the bridge outside the Bell Inn or beyond the bridge at the public moorings on your right. Ensure you come in to moor against the tide.
Day 6 Morning
St Olaves to Langley Dyke
9 miles
2hrs cruise time
Leaving against the running tide, you will need to turn around and go back up river to take the turning down the New Cut which will be on your right. The far end meets the River Yare at Reedham, which you should cruise past on your way to Langley Dyke. Further on is the Sugar Factory at Cantley. Soon after, watch out for the signpost for Langley on your left. This is a narrow dyke with moorings at the far end. There are no services but the countryside setting is delightful.
Day 6 Afternoon
Langley Dyke to Bramerton
8 miles
2hrs cruise time
On leaving Langley Dyke, turn left to travel up the River Yare. You travel past the Beauchamp Arms at Buckenham, the entrances to Rockland Broad and your home yard village of Brundall before the Ferry Inn at Surlingham comes into sight. Further on is Bamerton Woods End . Moorings are available either at the village green or a little further on outside a public house
Day 7 Morning
Bramerton to Norwich
5.5 miles
1hr 15mins cruise time
An early start this morning will enable you to have longer in Norwich . You travel past wooded banks before coming into Norwich city centre. Moor at the Yacht Station which is within reach of city attractions such as the market place, the Castle Museum, Norwich Cathedral and the extensive shopping centre
Day 7 Afternoon
Norwich to Surlingham
6.5 miles
1hr 30mins cruise time
Retrace your course back down the River Yare past Bramerton and look for the Ferry Inn at Surlingham. Moorings are available here for your last overnight stay.
Day 8 Morning
Surlingham to Brundall
1.5 miles
30mins cruise time
A short cruise brings you back to your home yard at Brundall

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