July 25, 2018
By Beacon_PR

A Boat on the Broads is the Perfect Staycation says Waterways Holidays

The Norfolk Broads – part of the National Park family – is within three hours’ drive of London, and with 125 miles of safe, lock-free open water to discover, it’s the perfect holiday destination this summer, according to boating holidays specialist Waterways Holidays.

“We offer nine start points across the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads,” says managing director Nigel Richards, “and more than 300 boats, both motor cruisers and sailing yachts.”

August prices start at just £965 for a week’s hire of a four-berth motor cruiser.

Motor cruisers are the most popular option, with larger boats having the space for shower rooms and double cabins. “We talk people through the benefits of different types of boats,” says Richards.

“There is something to suit every budget and party size, from easy-to-access forward-steering cruisers with few internal steps, to eco-friendly electric boats.”

Sailing yachts are also available, not only to competent sailors but – after some RYA-approved instruction – to novices. To cruise the Broads under sail is an experience unique to Norfolk.

Sailboats available range from modern models with back-up diesel engine, wc/shower and heating, to classic wooden cabin yachts including ‘Zoe’, first launched in 1896 and the only Victorian counter sterned yacht on the Broads available to hire.

Waterways Holidays list natural beauty, wildlife, fresh air, heritage and fun as the five main attractions of exploring the Broads by boat. Here is their top five things to do on or close to the water.

  1. The Broads Wildlife Centre at Ranworth Broad. This floating, thatched visitor centre is reached by boat or on foot. There’s a host of things to learn and to do, with boardwalks through reedbed and woodland habitats, and guided boat trips. Norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk
  2. Museum of the Broads. This volunteer-run museum at Stalham Staithe is packed with exhibits that tell the story of this amazing man-made water-scape. Museumofthebroads.org.uk
  3. Bewilderwood. A must for those with young children, this woodland attraction includes tree-top walks, a maze, dens to build, storytelling and fantasy-style fun. Bewilderwood.co.uk
  4. Wroxham Barns. A short bus ride from Roy’s Stores in Wroxham to this award-winning craft centre with tea room, great shopping and kids’ activities. Wroxhambarns.co.uk
  5. St Benet’s Abbey. In the care of Norfolk Archaeological Trust, little now remains of the area’s largest monastery. Arrive by boat, like the monks did in the 12th century and enjoy this beautiful ruin by the River Bure. Stbenetsabbey.org

Boat and Price examples

Jazz is a four-berth motor cruiser, with a week’s hire in August from £965. There is a front sundeck, indoor and outdoor steering positions, heating, TV/DVD/Radio/CD player, a well-equipped galley kitchen, shower room with wc and basin.

Whisper Emblem is a 36-feet luxury four-berth cruiser which has a quiet electric motor, eco-wash hull and solar panels, making it one of the most eco-friendly boats on the Broads. It also has two showers/wcs and heating. From £1192 for a week’s peak season hire.

Tornado is a 27-feet long Bermuda-rigged modern sailing yacht with heating, wc and basin (public showers are available at many points around the Broads). Sailing instruction is available from £25 per hour. A week’s hire in August costs £850.

Zoe is a Gaff-rigged yacht ideal for a couple with previous sailing experience. Built in 1896, she now has a diesel engine and wc/basin to add to her traditional charms. Seven nights’ hire in August from just £571.

In almost all instances, Broads boat hire includes damage waiver, bed linen, loan of buoyancy aids and initial instruction at handover. Waterways Holidays will advise as to any other extras, eg fuel or car parking charges.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023, www.waterwaysholidays.com

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