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Just curious what mobile network were you on? On EE we also found Horning to be completely dead, but lots of other areas with patchy signal.Went from the Harwich area to the Broads & had three seasons cruising there. The trip in via Lake Lothing & Mutford lock very interesting, getting timings & permissions right for lifting bridges etc necessary. Found the Broads themselves much different to Thames cruising - almost no informal meadow type moorings, huge numbers of large hire craft, no sanitary stations (so our Porta Potti difficult to empty), difficult to get supplies in some areas and no mobile phone signal in Horning where we based ourselves for two of those seasons.
Went there last year and had a very enjoyable week. If you have suitable air draft and particularly if you want to go on the R Bure, then it is much more straightforward to go into Great Yarmouth as then there is no issue with booking bridge lifts and locks.Here I sit, dreaming of long, COVID free summers, and I wonder if there’s anyone here that has cruised from the Thames/Medway to the Norfolk Broads? I’m sure there must be.
What’s the cruising distance?
Did you enjoy it?
We have made the trip from the Thames several times, stopping off at Burnham, Harwich, and Southwold en route, on different occasions. Always made the trip back in one hop from Lowestoft.
We have 12ft airdraught but managed to get through Yarmouth at low water, beyond Potter Heigham and Ludham was not possible.
Enjoyed every visit, but last time (2016) was rather windy.
Lowestoft marina and Royal Norfolk a good arrival and departure point.
When planning a passage into the Broads through Gt Yarmouth, It's worth taking account of the fact that low water in the mouth of the R. Bure is 1 hour later than that usually given for the port , which is at the harbour mouth.Went there last year and had a very enjoyable week. If you have suitable air draft and particularly if you want to go on the R Bure, then it is much more straightforward to go into Great Yarmouth as then there is no issue with booking bridge lifts and locks.