Can you hire a canal boat for a day?

Day hire boats can usually be booked for self drive canal trips for a day, part of a day or evening. You don’t need any boating experience or qualifications to take one out. They usually have toilet and simple cooking facilities (many people take picnics) but no sleeping accommodation.

Is it easy to drive a boat on the Norfolk Broads?

It’s easy – The Norfolk Broads are a great place to start boating as there are no locks to worry about and the rivers are much wider than the canals.

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Which is the prettiest part of the Norfolk Broads?

10 Sights on the Norfolk Broads you Won’t Want to Miss
  • How Hill. A real must see on your boating holiday is How Hill Trust.
  • Ranworth. A ‘must-see’ on any trip to the Norfolk Broads…
  • Thurne Mill.
  • Hickling Broad Nature Reserve.
  • Sunken Wherries on Surlingham Broad.
  • Norwich Cathedral.
  • Wroxham.

How deep is the water on the Norfolk Broads?

The total area of the Broads is 303sq km (117 sq miles) and is made up of 7 rivers and 63 Broads, most of which are less than 4m deep.

Are there lots of locks on the Norfolk Broads?

The Broads have only one functioning lock remaining

The only remaining lock on the Broads is Mutford Lock This is situated between Oulton Broad and Lake Lothing in Lowestoft. The purpose of this lock is to create separation between the Broad tidal system and the North Sea which connects at Lake Lothing.

Can you get seasick on the Norfolk Broads?

As a result passages are almost invariably calm and tranquil with only the occasional wakes from other boats to disturb the still water, making a Norfolk Broads boating holiday ideal for crew members prone to seasickness or nervous about being on the water.

Do you need a licence to hire a boat Norfolk Broads?

No, you don’t require a license to a hire a boat on the Norfolk Broads. You don’t need to have had any previous boating experience, either. Our team will provide you with all of the training you need to confidently navigate your cruiser.

Can you swim anywhere in the Norfolk Broads?

When the weather is warm it can be very tempting to go for a swim in the Broads. This is potentially very dangerous without the benefit of support from an open water swimming organisation. The Broads Authority strongly advises against entering the water unless part of an organised event.

Is fishing free on the Broads?

The Norfolk Broads has lots of free fishing places and angling platforms along most of the river banks and of course, you can also fish from a boat. There are Private Broads that offer fishing by prior arrangement and Day Ticket Bank Fishing Spots.

Do you have to wear a life jacket on the Norfolk Broads?

Life jackets should be worn by everyone whilst on deck, even by those who can swim. The water is very cold throughout the year and even strong swimmers can get into difficulty very quickly.

Can you scatter ashes on the Norfolk Broads?

There are no restrictions on where you can scatter ashes at sea, however, some of the most popular places in the UK and Ireland to do so include: Along the Jurassic coast beach, near Weymouth in Dorset. Ireland, Dublin: River Liffey. Great Yarmouth – Norfolk and Suffolk Broads.

What time can you start a boat on the Norfolk Broads?

April to October: 08:00 – 18:00, seven days per week but bank holidays are 24hr advance booking only. November to March: 08.00 – 12.00, seven days per week but not available on bank holidays.

Can you go under Wroxham bridge?

Built in 1619 Wroxham bridge is one of lowest bridges on the Broads, holiday cruisers are only allowed to pass under it with a bridge pilot safely at the wheel. To use the Pilot service call 07775 297638 to navigate for you.

Can you go fast on a boat at night?

Absolutely. A lot of people will say that’s kind of slow, but if you’ve ever been on a boat at night, 30 miles an hour seems plenty fast. If you’re going off your night vision, it’s harder to see, so it’s definitely a safe speed at night.

Can you use an anchor on the Norfolk Broads?

The mud weight, or mud anchor, is situated at the front of the boat on the deck. It acts as any anchor would, allowing you to moor in the middle of one of the broads (out of the way!), by lowering the weight into the mud.

Can you sleep at anchor?

If there are no local ordinances and anchoring laws restricting time at anchor and you’re in a legal spot, you can anchor as long as you like. It’s not recommended that you leave your boat unattended at anchor for days on end, but if you’re on the boat, stay as long as you want.