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  • #4190
    krgough
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    Hi Folks

    I’ve got a trip coming up to the Broads and I wonder if someone with local knowledge could recommend places to stop or even an itinerary ….Does anyone know the area round Hickling Broad/Barton Broad?

    regards

    Keith

    #9415
    Swiebertje
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    #9416
    Dave Bevan
    Member

    Can’t offer local knowledge, but we’ve day-sailed from Hickling with our Wayfarer, and previously on traditional broads day-boats and cruisers – sailing, of course. Are you planning to cruise or day-sail, boat or land camp (or something more civilised?). Launch from Wispering reeds boatyard (for a moderate fee) or from the Hickling parish slip by prior arrangement and £5. You need a broads permit, which can also be purchased from Wispering reeds boatyard

    Public mooring at various places along the rivers, and parish Staithes where you may have to pay a small charge.

    #9417
    Bob Harland
    Participant

    I sailed on Barton Broad as a teenager. I have been back since but not recently. There is good sailing on the broad itself, but the river Ant required a lot of patience – trees. Last time I was there, some tree cutbacking had helped.
    In short, not great for a Wayfarer.
    If you have the choice – go to the Thurne;
    Hickling Broad, Horsey Mere, Martham Broad
    Then head for the Bure, Acle Bridge, Ranworth Broad, South Walsham.

    Hope that helps.

    PS don’t forget you will need a license.

    #9418
    krgough
    Participant

    Hi Guys

    Thanks for the replies.

    regards

    Keith

    #9421
    Bob Harland
    Participant
    #9432
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Keith,

    Dont know where you are travelling from but best suggestion, presuming you wont have a chase car, is to put in at Hickling and spend at least a day above Potter Bridge. Depending on the wind direction you may get up to Horsey Mere and the windpump (about 1/2 a mile from the sea at this point).

    If you are here for 3 or 4 days, shoot both bridges at Potter Heigham and the Broads open up for you.

    As Bob has said dont bother with Barton unless you have an engine to get you from Ludham Bridge to Barton.

    There are plenty of areas to visit without going through Ludham Bridge. Malthouse broad is picturesque but without an engine can be a bit of a mare getting onto and off of.

    If you need any other tips/help please feel free to PM me for my phone numbers.

    Gary

    #9521
    krgough
    Participant

    Hi Folks

    Just back from 4 days sailing. We hired a traditional broad yacht – fantastic. No engine, no electricity, no bother. Great fun and a fantastic time had by all – even dodging the motor cruisers was good fun.

    regards

    Keith

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