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    Great Yarmouth

    by grayfo Updated Sep 7, 2013

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    Great Yarmouth boasts of over 15 miles of sandy beaches on the most popular strip of the Norfolk Coastline, from Winterton-on-Sea in the north to Hopton-on-Sea in the south, the resort is also Norfolk’s largest port leading to miles of beautiful waterways and was once considered as one of the wealthiest towns in Britain due to its prosperous herring industry, Great Yarmouth has a rich and proud history with museums and monuments spread throughout the town. It has not one but two piers. The Wellington Pier was built back in 1854, followed by the Britannia Pier two years later. Must see sights include: the market place, Britannia Pier, Wellington Pier, and the Pleasure Beach to name but a few.

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    Swan Reflection Cruiser

    by kevin36 Updated Feb 20, 2013

    We hired Swan Reflection in September from swan craft in Brundall and have to say we had a lovely relaxing time,the boat was modern and cleaned to a high standard,the boat concerned was equipped with bow thrusters which makes mooring and casting off the boat a dream.
    The Staff at Swan Craft very welcoming including their lovely springer spaniel.
    The boat was a bit more expensive than we would normally pay,but was worth it for a nice comfortable well equipped and fuel efficient boat..
    The bow thrusters make it an easy boat to control .
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    Norwich

    by grayfo Written Jan 6, 2013

    Norwich, located on the banks of the River Wesum , is a cosmopolitan city with over 1500 historical buildings ranging from the medieval period to the start of the Industrial Revolution.

    Must see sights include: Norwich Cathedral, the castle, the cobbled streets and the museums located in the older part of the city.

    Norwich is the county city of Norfolk

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    Bike Ride

    by kevin36 Updated Oct 4, 2011

    Whitlingham Country Park is very near to the River Yare on The Norfolk Broads, we went there for the first time this year and have to say it was wonderful, set in a nice tranquil setting of the lake.
    Set in the Grounds is a nice visitors center that serves meals and coffee.
    Easy for Bikes no hills and firm ground,ideal for beginners.
    The big plus is you can ride alongside the River Yare (Norfolk Broads).
    Entrance to the park is Free but you have to pay for parking.(all day was £4.00) pay and display.

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    Jazz Returns

    by kevin36 Updated Sep 20, 2011

    Decided we are going to try Jazz again this year in September.
    Just got back after a Relaxing week, apart from one day of high winds.
    This time we had jazz3 same boat as before,no dramas .
    They are now upgrading the boats to Digital TV which worked very well in most areas,I know your not there to watch telly,but sometimes its nice when its a bit windy outside.
    Paid £78:00 fuel deposit for the week and got £22:00 back.
    The further you go the more fuel you use, our tip is :If you want to see the north part of the broads for a week ,Wroxham ,Horning, Acle, Thurne, Ranworth broad etc Hire a boat from Wroxham area .
    If you want to do the middle section: Norwich, Brundal Reedham etc hire a boat from Brundal area.
    And The south, get a boat from Oulton broad or Beccles Area.
    You will be able to see it all in a week and will end up spending most of your time cruising.
    On Board Jazz you have:
    Standard Equipment

    * Colour 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
    * DVD
    * Inverter for 240v power
    * Rear double or twin cabin
    * Convertible twin or double berth in saloon
    * Separate toilet and basin

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    Houseboating on the Norfolk Broads

    by SurfaceTravel Written Aug 9, 2011

    This is an excellent way to tour around the famous Norfolk Broads, a network of rivers, canals, and small lakes (broads) in Norfolk. The houseboat fee includes fuel and there are no extra charges. Mooring, at least when we went in February, was free everywhere. The boat has good sleeping facilities, a toilet and basic shower, and a fully functional galley (kitchen). Your full cost for a weekend, therefore, is your fuel to drive there, the houseboat fee, food and booze. It's very good value for the fun you get out of it.

    There are 200 km of lock-free tidal rivers to follow and almost 100 species of birds to spot.

    We booked the Bounty 28' Short Break Cruiser from George Smith & Sons boat hire in Wroxham. We went in the winter season, 2009 when the price was just around £185 for the weekend, but I see it has now gone up to £215.

    Part Two of this tip is the time of year to go. We went on a last-minute whim in February when we realised that we all had a free weekend. It was cold outside, but the houseboat is heated. The driving seat is up front in the main seating area, so you can all stay inside social and warm. If it does get warm enough, the entire wall-and-roof section slides back making that main area outside. We did need some warm sleeping bags at night, or we had to start the engine once in a while to heat up the boat.

    The good part of doing this in February was that we practically had the Broads all to ourselves and we could moor up wherever and whenever we wanted.

    You are provided with a basic tourist map which is all you need. The rivers are all signposted just like streets. You're not allowed to cruise at night, so tying up is necessary. The main thing to see besides the quaint cottages and the landscape is birds.

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    BLICKLING HALL

    by zuriga Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We loved our visit to this beautiful, Jacobean estate with lovely gardens. The inside of the house contains a famous rare book collection, many famous portraits and rooms of extraordinary furniture. The Long Gallery is famous as being one of the most beautiful in England. Late June seemed the perfect time to stroll the paths and see the extraordinary contents of this place. As you can see from the photos, it's truly stunning.. inside and out. The Earls of Buckinghamshire called this place home and it was the birthplace of Anne Boleyn, but I'm not sure why her mother was there at the time. There's a fine restaurant for a snack or lunch and wonderful used bookshop that made our visit even more enjoyable than it would have been. Being a National Trust member has lots of advantages!

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    Camping

    by kevin36 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Burgh St Peter,
    Is a dual purpose place being for boats and Camping, accessible from the the river and road.
    There is has been a lot of new building work here including a new shop.
    You can hire rowing boats from here or just relax and watch the boats go by.
    There are all the facilities you need here,Pub with restaurant,shop,showers and play area

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    Boating (Four Winds-see accomadation)

    by kevin36 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is in conjunction with the bungalow (Four Winds) at potterhiegham.
    You can hire a day boat for a week at Maycraft Potterhiegham for approx £177:00
    including fuel deposit through Riverside Holidays when you book your bungalow.
    Places you can visit from this location is Hickling and Martham broad in one direction or Acle in the other.
    And of course like we did for collecting groceries from Lathams.

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    Watching Boats

    by kevin36 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Potter Heigham,is a nice place to watch the boats go by with plenty of seating area and a grass field nearby to have a picnic.
    It also boasts one of the largest Fishing Tackle Shops in the U.K. (Lathams) .
    Most Tackle is at a discounted price.

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    Norfolk lavender

    by munki Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The area around Caley Mill is known by its lavender production. The summer months are the best time to visit when the lavender flowers are in full bloom of colour and aroma.
    The aromatic flowers are harvested and distilled to create lavender oil which is later commercialised for its aromatic properties.
    The lavender fields are a brilliant mix of green and purple between the month of July and August.

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    Barnes Brinkcraft

    by kevin36 Updated Sep 24, 2010

    Our next venture a week in September on Jazz2 with a Brinkcraft Cruiser, I hope to do the usual Video with any tips I can give you.
    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

    * Colour 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
    * DVD
    * 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).

    They may look a little outdated,however they are very comfortable and very well equipped for two people.
    We had one night of Strong winds so put down the Mud anchor at Malthouse Broad (Ranworth) to try and shelter,To my surprise after a noisy night of banging from fenders and being buffered by the wind etc (It was a very windy night) we were still where we put the anchor down,I think the fact that the Mud Anchor has a Chain as to rope made a difference. Tip : let the Chain out fully.
    These boats do have Character and one of the things I liked Most was the space and being able to steer up top and see over the fields as we cruised along.
    Another tip depending on where you are planning to go is to pay a little extra for a Tender,so if you do moor up in the broad you can still get on land.
    Especially places like Ranworth,Salhouse and even Horning,if the ferry Inn Moorings are full you can usually moor on opposite bank then Row across.

    Our choice of stops were:
    Horning Ferry Inn
    New Inn Horning
    Salhouse Broad
    Ranworth Broad
    Irstead Staithe (If you are Lucky,Room for Three Boats).

    Our favorite Place was: Irstead Staithe,this place is so peaceful near the Church and green Three Kingfishers were seen during our stay, We also took our Fold up bikes along to Bike along the country lanes.

    last Fishing: Salhouse and Ranworth Broad are good for Big bream evening time.
    Irstead my favorite: Mainly smaller fish during the day with the Occasional big perch, Evening time the big fish appear,it will be obvious where they appear from!



    Score : 10/10

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    Wetland wildlife at Welney

    by MikeBird Updated Jun 20, 2010

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    On the western borders of Norfolk next to Cambridgeshire is the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust reserve at Welney. It is one of the UK's best sites for viewing the migratory swans that come down from the far north in Winter. There are extensive viewing hides ( heated in winter!) overlooking the main lagoon where in the winter food is put out for the swans ( mainly Whooper but with fewer Bewicks and Mute mixed in).

    If you return in the summer you would see a very different scene with much less water and lush green fields grazed by cattle rather than the swans and geese.

    I've just returned from spending a few hours at the reserve at the height of mid summer. There were heavy showers, intermittent sunshine but a cold northerly wind that quickly cooled me down. I'm sure it's not always like this.........

    The entrance fee is quite steep at £6.70 for non-concessionary adults. Members are free.

    I was pleased to see they had placed some complimentary pond dipping nets and white trays for parents and children to use. Surely there can be few other more exciting things for a small youngster than to find the multitude of darting, swimming and wriggling creatures that can be pulled out of freshwater. Children and birdwatching don't often mix and I was saddened to hear one birder moaning about a child who was being noisy in the bird hide. It must have been agony for the parent trying to instil a love of wildlife when the kid was not prepared to sit still any longer staring out of tiny windows at a shallow pool of water. I know what it's like - I gave up on birdwatching with my own children long ago.

    Looking at their website I realise there is much more for families than just walking around the reserve. There is a Pond centre with large models of the creatures living in the ditches on the reserve. They also put on lots of activities of interest to younger people such as Duckling tours and canoeing in the summer, although the latter is quite pricey.

    When you need refreshment there is a very well appointed café with live coverage on a widescreen of the comings and goings of the nearby nesting birds. Needless to say there is also a souvenir shop.

    Enjoy the place but do go well prepared for wet and cold weather. You could get soaked and frozen even crossing the bridge en route to the heated bird hide.

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    Watch Stone Curlews at Weeting

    by MikeBird Updated Jun 20, 2010

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    In south Norfolk on the heaths of what is locally known as Breckland the rare and exotic looking Stone Curlews arrive in March to breed and raise their young. They are quite particular about the area they choose, preferring sandy soils with well grazed vegetation and areas well away from human disturbance.

    At Weeting Heath the Norfolk Wildlife Trust has established a small reserve on the sandy heathland where there has been variable levels of success in encouraging the Stone Curlews to nest and raise their young. On the day of my visit in June only one adult was visible and you would need binoculars to see them well.

    Just as exciting as seeing the Stone Curlews was the wonderful sight of two playful Stoats chasing each other round and round a bed of stinging nettles. They were oblivious of the large numbers of pairs of binoculars all trained upon them as they leapt up and over each other in mock fights - presumably all good practice for when they have to capture their prey; the many rabbits that also live on the site. Hopefully the Stoats will not catch the Stone Curlew chicks which are very vulnerable to predation as they hatch from eggs laid in a depression on the ground. Nor are the adult birds really a match for keeping the Stoats away.

    We saw other chicks of Lapwings all being fed by their parents and a fully fledged Rook that continued to harrass its parents for food.

    There is plentiful parking at the reserve. Entrance for non members if £2.50, Trust members go free. There are two main hides and a third overlooking an area of woodland. All three are accessible from the car park by a level smooth path.There is also a visitor centre that has refreshments, souvenirs and a display about the reserve and the local area.

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    Take a boat trip to visit the seals

    by MikeBird Written Nov 15, 2009

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    If you have been tempted to try and view the seals at Blakeney Point by foot - then don't. Even if it was possible to get to the seals by foot you will not succeed owing to the marshy conditions and much of the area is under protection as a wildlife conservation zone.

    Instead take the easier option:

    We took the boat from Brancaster Staithe out to Blakeney Point. The trip lasted about an hour to 90 minutes and we had excellent views of the grey seals both in the water and hauled up on the sandy beach. The captain was able to give us a good commentary as well which made it all the more interesting.

    You'll get some good photos even without zoom lenses if the weather is kind. Take your binoculars for the birds as well. That part of the English coastline is a premier spot for birdwatching.

    Good luck with your seal watching and don't forget to wrap up warm!

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