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Welcome to my Norfolk Broads boating information web site.

I am no expert but have been regularly hiring boats on the Norfolk Broads since I was 16 in 1970 and have designed this web site with a view to helping others who may be considering or have booked a boating holiday for the first time. It may also benefit some who are a little more experienced.  In addition there are several charts that would be useful to all who boat on The Norfolk Broads.

The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads consists of approximately 125 miles of lock free navigable waterways.  The longest direct cruising route is 57 ¾ miles and is Norwich to Coltishall.

Some people say to me it looks to be a great holiday if you have good weather. I feel good weather is a bonus as even in torrential rain you can still go to different places choosing your destination accordingly and travelling in the comfort of your boat. Better than staring out of a hotel room or caravan window waiting for the rain to let up.

On a cold day you may choose to go to a riverside pub for drinks and a meal sitting by a lovely open fire.  On a warmer day you could lay out and sunbathe on top of the boat with chilled drinks and snacks at hand from the on board fridge. You may choose to go to a beach resort such as Lowestoft or Yarmouth, visit a quaint Broadland Village, or just relax outside a picturesque riverside pub.

Others may prefer to moor up in the middle of nowhere and do a spot of fishing.  The Norfolk Broads fishing season is June 16 to March 14. Closed season March 15 to June 15 inclusive.

If you will be fishing on The Norfolk Broads and are 12 years of age or older you must hold a valid environment agency rod licence.

For more information and to purchase the relevant rod licence, please click here

When you first board the boat you will be shown where everything of importance is located and taken for a lesson on the river so  no need for concern.

When it comes to mooring/parking and tying the ropes most people are more than happy to help. Don’t be afraid to ask it’s quite normal.

If you would like a couple of fun learner plates please click the icon on the left for printable  A4 PDF’s.

As you navigate the site you will find general boating advice, map, river distance chart, bridge height chart, tidal rise and fall chart, Broads Authority 24 Hour mooring chart, cruising & mooring tips,  photo gallery, and tide tables etc etc.

Under the Facilities tab water/electric and toilet pump out location charts can be found. The charts may be of use to all who enjoy Norfolk Broads boating holidays.

All charts, maps and boating advice can be viewed downloaded and printed on A4 paper as a PDF. Simply click on the relevant PDF Icon.

Their is now a page totally dedicated to crossing Breydon Water. This page Includes detailed navigation maps of Breydon Water. There are also slide shows of crossing Breydon Water and passing through the bridges at Great Yarmouth in both directions.

The tabs at the top of the page are to navigate this site. There are several more tabs on the Boating Tips page where the different topics are broken down into sections. One of the sections is a topic on selecting a boat which includes information for the less able and a direct link to a boat that has a wheelchair ramp.  The links at the top left and right hand side will redirect you in a new window to other web sites. Mouse Hover over the links to view more detail on what the sites have to offer

This site is being enhanced on a daily basis so please re-visit. A great deal of content has been added since its launch in July 2012 and more will follow.

A recent addition to the site is a page containing maps showing the locations and listing the names of riverside pubs now on both the the Northern Broads and Southern Broads. These maps are also printable on A4 paper as PDF’s.

I have also since added a Broads Authority link providing private boat launching locations and information on the B.A Moorings page.

The new feature near the top of the page is to see who is boating on The Norfolk Broads at the same time as you?.  You can also enter your details.

I would like to thank members of The Official Norfolk Broads Forum for their support and advice.

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Tide table link

An excellent site providing a table relevant to your holiday dates.

Youtube Video links

A minor collision and another of 2 boats going through Wroxham bridge.  One gets it right but the other does not.

Pete’s Broads Guide link

A superb site loads of info.

Norfolk Broads Live link

the only website that offers live - multi-webcam streaming from aboard various hire boats.

Broadland Memories link

a great web site providing historic information, photo’s and video’s from pre 1900’s to 1990’s

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