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Norfolk Broads accessibility

My understanding is that the Norfolk (and indeed Suffolk) Broads are a discrete waterway that is only accessible via the sea lock(s) on the east coast. Am I correct in this belief, or is it possible for a narrowboat to access the Broads from the rest of the UK inland waterways?

Asked by: BJM  | 3.13pm, Wednesday 12 January

WW says:

Alas, you are completely correct: the Rivers have a direct (open) connection with the sea at Great Yarmouth, and a lock from Lake Lothing at Lowestoft, otherwise no current link to the rest of the UK inland waterway system.
Interestingly, there are a few narrowboats based on the Broads, but they probably aren't the most suitable craft for the sometimes turbulent waterways- and length issues can be a problem- with 55ft being a maximum in most places, less in others.
The best way to see the Broads to to hire, either a motor cruiser, or a yacht- no experience really needed, though for yachting, the ability to sail a dinghy can be an advantage! out of season, and in winter, the Broads, is very quiet, though even in the middle of summer, some parts can be quiet, especially above Potter Heigham Bridge.
The only other way by water to get a narrowboat to the Broads, is via a coastal trip- which would not be advisable; far more challenging than a crossing of the Wash! Even a well-qualified yachtsman wouldn't consider the journey in a narrowboat!
You could have a low-loader take a boat across, but that would be more expensive, with craning, than a couple of weeks hire on a nice, spacious cruiser...

Mark Langley  | 5.05PM, Wednesday 12 January

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