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The Broads National Park
Ranked #7 of 116 things to do in Norwich
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Owner description: Discover dramatic landscapes, raw natural beauty and a rare quality of light. Where big, bright skies meet endless horizons and dreamlike landscapes. A place where time stands still. Real peace, open space – it’s a place unlike anywhere else... The Broads National Park.
Reviewed 25 September 2010

We have been boating on the Norfolk broads now for near on 15 years,and thought it was about time to pass on some of that information based on our travels.
most places mentioned are also possible to see by road.
I f you've never been Boating on the Norfolk Broads I would highly recommend it,its is peaceful and at a slow pace.
If your looking for a lively place with nightclubs then this is not for you.
Just back from a week in September on Jazz2 with a Brinkcraft Cruiser, I hope to
The jazz Class Boats are ex Connoisseur Boats from France and have been re-furbished,my View :They are excellent for the Norfolk Broads.
On Board you have:
Standard Equipment

* Color TV /DVD
* CD/Radio
* Hair Dryer
* Heating (warm air)
* Fridge
* Cooker
* Fully equipped galley
* Bed Linen: sheets, duvet, pillows, blankets

Extra Features

* Sundeck and forward well
* Electric anchor winch
* Dual steering positions
* Microwave
* Inverter for 240v power
* Rear double or twin cabin
* Convertible twin or double berth in saloon
* Separate toilet and basin

Now for the Negatives,not many:
TV Ariel is weak so you may not get reception in some Areas
No Bow thrusters (being picky there).
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RWQBpCoRJ4
Google map: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=104675894248005385760.00048d16eaa745063c3ad&t=h&z=11

8  Thank Powerpack36
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Reviewed 26 September 2009

The Norfolk Broads are one of the nicest places I have ever visited and staying on a boat on the rivers is the most relaxing way of spending time. It is beautiful, quiet and a total wind down away from all the noise and bustle of life in the towns and cities. Yet it is so easy to to visit the villages, towns and cities nearby as well as the coast

3  Thank RosBolton
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Reviewed 6 September 2006

I recently relived an old Holiday favourite-The Norfolk Broads.I had'nt been since i was about 15 and was keen to see if i would still enjoy the holiday as much as i did as a kid.

For those that dont know,the 'Broads' are a stretch of beautiful waterways in East Anglia,England.They consist of Rivers and expanses of water (Broads) that were created from flooded peat 'farms'.It truly is a wonderful part of England and as there are no 'locks' to navigate,it is a slightly less bothersome holiday than those on Canals.

Firstly,the boats-or Cruisers as they are known.These are SERIOUS pleasure craft.These boats probably cost about £100-150,000 to buy so it comes as no suprise to learn that they are filled with the usual necesseties of life,i,e,Showers,loo's ,double beds,cookers,fridges,microwaves,TV's,dvd players,cd players-heating etc etc.Ok so the bathrooms are usually compact but its a holiday where you take your home with you so you cant expect huge bathrooms.

As these Cruisers are designed for holiday makers,the interiors arent palaces(the recent boats are more glam).They are designed to take what holiday makers can throw at them,but they are clean and functional and will be all you need for a comfortable holiday.

The Boatyard supplies the bedding(if you wish) and the cutlery&plates etc-you bring towelsand thats about all you will need-it really is well stocked.

We hired 'Quiet Light 3' a split level cruiser that wouldnt look out of place in Monte Carlo.We consisted of Me(34),my wife(28),my Dad(68) our huge dog Barney(9) and our little dog Dougal(1-aww).Firstly the boat cost $1100 per week,plus a damage waiver of £70 (which your fuel cost would be deducted from if there was no damage at the end of the hire) and we were charged £20 parking,£35 per dog(for the cleaning apparently).We also had to pay $4 for a map.in 'ye olde days' all that was included in the price-thats the first change we noticed.

We hired our boat from 'Herbert Woods' Boat yard in Potter Heigham.it is the oldest established boatyard in Norfolk.
The process was quick and easy and we were on the boat and off within 1 hour(for boat novices-the Boatyard takes you out to show you the ropes before they let you loose-it takes about 15-20 minutes)

Our first real disapointment was the condition of the boat-it was very clean (interior) but it was 13 years old and looked like it hadnt had a refit in all those years.The exterior was very grubby and there were annoying bits of interior that hampered your enjoyment of the boat-bed curtains missing fixing poppers so that we had to attatch string to them to keep the light out.The toilet cover was detatched,toilet didnt produce flushing water(ok because we just used the shower to fill it with water),tv was unusable-it came on but no picture was ever attainable because it was old and-knackered!!! Kitchen sink leaked water.These are all stupid things but should have been easily repairable but arent detected due to the fast turnaround of boats from customer to customer-they had 4-5 hours to turnaround 80 boats on the day we left.(You get the feeling that when you inform them of the faults,that they wont do anything about them because they dont need to).
It should be pointed out that this is due to the policy of THIS PARTICULAR BOATYARD and we saw many splendidly turned out boats from different yards.

However,as i said,these were minor problems and only caused minor inconvenience.

The only really stupid problems were with the design of the boat-it had a 'half canopy'over the top driving postion(this boat had two positions)-this provided very little shelter and most other boats had full canopies.More annoying was the lack of a windscreen wiper-it made it impossible to pilot the boat in heavy rain.The plan is(we were told by the boatyard), to use the 'second driving postion' from within the boat.So this we did.This driving position had a curved windscreen and was so severely curved ,that the pane of glass opposite the 2nd driving position could not take a wiper-this meant that the wiper was on the next (less curved)pane of glass to the right-which you couldnt see through from the driving seat-which meant that you had to stand up with your left arm outstretched holding the wheel whilst stooping(the Bow is always low) and peering through the middle pane.You CANNOT do this for more than 20 minutes before serious back ache sets in-it is FARCICAL.
Fortunately we were blessed with good weather and it rained rarely-when it did we just drove in the rain and got wet-hardly ideal.

Apart from that (and its all just silly not seriously troubling),the boat was warm,the hot water was...hot,the engine performed well and it was a great home for a week.


I enjoyed holidays here from the age of about 7 until 15yrs.There is so much for a kid to do,the Wildlife,fishing,pottering about on the boat,places to visit when you are off the boat and most of the Pubs have plenty of entertainment for kids in the evening(usually Games rooms-not singing and dancing!!).As an adult,i enjoyed it even more.

The idea of the Broads is to pootle from one lovely place to another(at 5mph),taking in the beauty and relaxing as you go.Then you moor up for the night (its easy dont worry) and you either moor in a boatyard in a village(free in some, can cost between £5 -£15 in others) or you moor up outside a pub.These range in quality and you can find your 'cheap as chips' pubs or (as we found) pubs with their own Breweries attitched and serving 'ala Carte' food.

The quality of Beer is Truly WONDERFUL-dont drink your normal rubbish,try some local beer-its really nice.The food is excellent in the bettter establishments-Pheasant,Lobster ,etc ,etc but you can still get Scampi if you want it .

Visit the various Broads and moor up there over night for the real country feel of a river holiday.

We visited Norwich (lovely,place-great market,Cathedral,pubs etc).Horning-a lovely quaint(sorry but its apt) village with a GREAT Deli.Top pub goes to The Reedham Ferry-Amazing Food(free mooring).Next is the Stokesby Ferry(or Arms-i cant quite remember).Wroxham is a good place-Brilliant Thai place and lovely narrow guage railway thats worth a visit.Nice big pub on the Cotishall side of the Bridge too.
Best beer goes to Woodbastwick which is a 1.5 mile walk from Salhouse Broad(thru amazing woods and dingly dell lanes).It is home to Woodfordes Brewery and you can buy anyone of the several beers in 'Flaggons' to take home with you (thats 4 pints to you and me).The Bridge Inn at Acle was nice and every pub on the way to Norwich looked lovely(i wasnt allowed to stop at them all!!).
My wife was blown away by the beauty of the place and by the relaxing nature of the holiday-you can't help but relax.

Its a bit more expensive than it used to be-you used to be able to moor anywhere for free-but its still cheap for a family compared with flying off on a foreign holiday.

I cant recommend this holiday enough-its great for kids,old folks(need to be be physically able though-you do have to get on and off boats a lot!) and wives who thought they would be bored.

We are booking already for next year(different boatyard though).
Give it a go and dont be scared about a holiday on the water-when you're sat on deck with a glass of wine taking in the sun or below decks with a cup of tea whilst it pours down outside-you will LOVE IT.

28  Thank Sam_Hudson
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Reviewed 28 October 2002

For last 20 years I have visited the Broads every year. This August off I went again, why? The magic of the river, the peace sitting on the side of the boat fishing and watching the numerous stars at night; the overall tranquility of it all, even though it was August the busiest time of the year.
Yes, I've had my fare share of problems with the boats, rain coming in and soaking the beds, fridges that don't work, steering breaking down in the middle of Oulton Broad, batteries that don't charge and your left stranded in the middle of nowhere, mud anchors that don't hold the boat still and you float away, a drinking water tank that leak inside the boat and the engine that we had to hit with a hammer to make it go. And after all this I still return to the Broads every year.
The place is just fantastic, it has not changed much in the last 20 years, except for small shops along the river bank closing down and more moorings becoming private.
What I would like to see around the Broads is more decent, clean facilities, ie. toilets and showers. It's ok showering on the boat, but what a pain having to dry the floor etc afterwards.
I would recommend the Broads to anyone, at least give it a try for a long weekend.
For the record, I am not a fisherman or sailing fanatic, I am just a mum with two kids who loves the Broads.

32  Thank Climber31018
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Date of experience: September 2018
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