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 Day Boat: Suggested Self Drive Routes NB for all cruises On the day our staff will advise you on the tides, as if you are going with the tide on the way there you need to allow slightly longer for the return journey Three hour Cruise

1. River cruise with a Pub stop Leave the boatyard and turn starboard (right) upstream on the River Waveney, passing under the Beccles low bridge. Immediately you are in what we like to call the Back gardens of Beccles Tour. All the houses have gardens leading down to the rivers edge, each with their own distinctive character. The eagle eyed amongst you will notice the remains of where the old railway bridge used cross the river. Beccles was an area of commerce and trade with warehouses and Dutch traders, hence some of the Dutch gables of the old merchant's houses. You glide smoothly past the lido and past the Beccles rowing club. A few pleasure moorings are on your port side and then you leave Beccles behind as you travel through the unique riverside of the southern reach of the Norfolk Broads. Keep an eye out for wildlife, kingfishers, marsh harriers and otters: these are all regularly seen along this reach, and although you can’t be guaranteed a spot, worth keeping in mind. You will come to a T junction where you have choices

1. Turn starboard and travel up the small dyke, moor up before the small bridge on the starboard side, (take the boat key with you). Then it’s a short walk to The Wherry Inn, Geldeston where you can purchase a beverage of your choosing and relax in a fine country pub.

2. Turn port and travel up towards the end of the navigable broads, you must not pass under the bridge, as boats bigger than canoes are not permitted here, instead go starboard to mornings already in your eye-line and moor up. Take the keys of your boat and you are almost immediately in the garden of the Geldeston Locks, here you can enjoy a beverage and relax in their garden.

Whichever direction you choose you then travel the journey in reverse to arrive at Hippersons Boatyard. Depending on the direction of the tide one part of the journey will take approximately 45/50 minutes and the reverse will take an hour. This leaves you with an hour to relax and enjoy your beverage in the pub of your choosing.

2. River cruise through the country side Leave the boatyard and turn port (left), you will go under the road bridge and then past the sailing club on the starboard side. You are entering into a really beautiful stretch of the river Waveney and need to keep an eye out for wildlife: herons, king fishers, marsh harriers, otters and barn owls have all been seen along this stretch. After approximately half an hour on your port side you will see two magnificent houses with really beautifully landscaped gardens that finish at a purpose built jetty and a boat house, this often has a beautiful traditional river cruises moored inside. A little further along you will come to the Beccles old railway bridge and it is best to steer through on the port side. You will come across three mooring, on the port side the Aldeby moorings which has a charge for stopping, further along on the starboard side are the Worlingham and North Cove mooring, both good places to stop if you want to moor up and have a little look around. Keep an eye on your watch as once you have got to half your time you need to gently meander back to the boat yard..

Lunch Hire 11-2.30 3. River cruise allowing time for a pub lunch stop Leave the boatyard and turn starboard (right) upstream on the River Waveney, passing under the Beccles low bridge. Immediately you are in what we like to call the Back gardens of Beccles Tour. All the houses have gardens leading down to the rivers edge which have their own distinctive character. The eagle eyed amongst you will notice the remains of where the old railway bridge use to cross the river. Beccles was an area of commerce and trade with warehouses and Dutch

traders, hence some of the Dutch gables of the old merchant's houses. You glide smoothly past the lido and past the Beccles rowing club. A few pleasure moorings are on your port side and then you leave Beccles behind as you travel through the unique riverside of the southern reach of the Norfolk Broads. Keep an eye out for wildlife, kingfishers, marsh harriers and otters have all been seen along this reach, and although can’t be guaranteed worth a good look out. You will come to a T junction, where you have choices

1. Turn starboard and travel up the small dyke, moor up before the small bridge on the starboard side. Take the key with you and it’s a short walk to The Wherry Inn, Geldeston where you can purchase a beverage of your choosing and relax in a fine country pub.

2. Turn port and travel up towards the end of the navigable broads, you must not pass under the bridge, as boats bigger than canoes are not permitted here, instead go starboard to mornings already in your eye-line and moor up. Take the keys of your boat and you are almost immediately in the garden of the Geldeston Locks, here you can enjoy a beverage and relax in their garden.

Which ever direction you choose you then travel the journey in reverse to arrive at Hippersons Boatyard. Depending on the direction of the tide one part of the journey will take approximately 45/50 minutes and the reverse will take an hour. This leaves you with an hour and half to relax and enjoy your food in the pub of your choosing. We advise a longer time for food as all the pubs make their foods from fresh and this means you will avoid having to rush your meal.

4 hour cruise 4. River cruise with a pub lunch stop

Leave the boatyard and turn starboard (right) upstream on the River Waveney, passing under the Beccles low bridge. Immediately you are in what we like to call them Back gardens of Beccles Tour. All the houses have gardens leading down to the rivers edge which have their own distinctive character. The eagle eyed amongst you will notice the remains of where the old railway bridge use to cross the river. Beccles was an area of commerce and trade with warehouses and Dutch traders, hence some of the Dutch gables of the old merchant's houses. You glide smoothly past the lido and past the Beccles rowing club. A few pleasure moorings are on your port side and then you leave Beccles behind as you travel through the unique riverside of the southern reach of the Norfolk Broads. Keep an eye out for wildlife, kingfishers, marsh harriers and otters have all been seen along this reach, and although can’t be guaranteed worth keeping in mind. You will come to a T junction where you have choices

1. Turn starboard and travel up the small dyke, moor up before the small bridge on the starboard side. Take the key with you and it’s a short walk to The Wherry Inn, Geldeston where you can purchase a beverage of your choosing and relax in a fine country pub.

2. Turn port and travel up towards the end of the navigable broads, you must not pass under the bridge, as boats bigger than canoes are not permitted here, instead go starboard to mornings already in your eye-line and moor up. Take the keys of your boat and you are almost immediately in the garden of the Geldeston Locks where you can have a beverage and relax in their garden.

This leaves you with an hour and half to relax and enjoy your food in the pub of your choosing. We advise a longer time for food as all the pubs make their foods from fresh and this means you will avoid having to rush your food

Which ever direction you choose you then travel the journey in reverse to arrive at Hippersons Boatyard. Depending on the direction of the tide one part of the journey will take approximately 45/50 minutes and the reverse will take an hour. You should then have around half an hour before of your time left(check your watch as this varies) we would suggest going past the yard entrance and going upstream keeping an eye on your watch. If you are going with the tide on the way past you will need to allows slightly longer for the return journey. On this little stretch you will see the beccles sailing club and possibly catch a glimpse of a heron or a barn owl.

5. Hippersons to the Waveney River Centre Leave the boatyard and turn port (left), you will go under the road bridge and then past the sailing club on the starboard side. You are entering into a really beautiful stretch of the river Waveney and

keep an eye out for wildlife: herons, king fishers, marsh harriers, otters and barn owls, which have all been seen along this stretch. After approximately half an hour on your port side you will see two magnificent houses with really beautifully landscaped gardens that finish at a purpose built jetty and a boat house, which often has a beautiful traditional river cruises moored inside. A little further along you will come to the Beccles old railway bridge and it is best to steer through on the port side. Continue on your journey and you will see some stunning scenery for the location and pass by lots of famous reeds in the river (remember to keep the boat out of these as you don’t want to get stuck). After approximately one hour and forty five minutes you will see the entrance to the Waveney River Centre, where you can steer in and moor up, remember the river is tidal so leave plenty of rope for the boat to go up or down. At the Waveney river centre you have half an hour to grab a cup of coffee, a soft drink or a run around in the play are for the kids. On a four hour hire you are unlikely to have time for a full pub lunch. Keep an eye on your watch and then allow an hour and forty five to return to the yard.

Full Day hire 6. Hippersons to the Waveney River Centre and the Back gardens of Beccles Leave the boatyard and turn port (left), you will go under the road bridge and then past the sailing club on the starboard side. You are entering into a really beautiful stretch of the river Waveney and keep an eye out for wildlife: herons, king fishers, marsh harriers, otters and barn owls have all been seen along this stretch. After approximately half an hour on your port side you will see two magnificent houses with really beautifully landscaped gardens that finish at a purpose built jetty and a boat house, which often has a beautiful traditional river cruises moored inside. A little further along you will come to the Beccles old railway bridge and it is best to steer through on the port side. Continue on your journey and you will see some stunning scenery for the location and pass by lots of famous reeds in the river (remember to keep the boat out of these as you don’t want to get stuck). After approximately one hour and forty five minutes you will see the entrance to the Waveney River Centre, where you can steer in and moor up, remember the river is tidal so leave plenty of rope for the boat to go up or down.

At the Waveney river centre you time to have a pub lunch, a cup of coffee, a soft drink and a run around in the play are for the kids. Keep an eye on your watch and then if you leave by two fifteen you will have plenty of time to reverse the trip.

Instead of turning back in the yard continue upstream on the River Waveney, passing under the Beccles low bridge. Immediately you are in what we like to call them Back gardens of Beccles Tour. All the houses have gardens leading down to the rivers edge which have their own distinctive character. The eagle eyed amongst you will notice the remains of where the old railway bridge which used to cross the river. Beccles was an area of commerce and trade with warehouses and Dutch traders, hence some of the Dutch gables of the old merchant's houses. You glide smoothly past the lido and past the Beccles rowing club and then turn around and meander pleasantly back to the old bridge and turn into the yard.

Note if you leave the Waveney River Centre promptly and with the tide, you may have enough time to moor at the quay( opposite our yard) and buy an ice cream before starting the back gardens tour.

7. Hippersons to the Oulton Broad

Leave the boatyard and turn port (left), you will go under the road bridge and then past the sailing club on the starboard side. You are entering into a really beautiful stretch of the river Waveney and keep an eye out for wildlife: herons, king fishers, marsh harriers, otters and barn owls have all been seen along this stretch. After approximately half an hour on your port side you will see two magnificent houses with really beautifully landscaped gardens that finish at a purpose built jetty and a boat house, which often has a beautiful traditional river cruises moored inside. A little further along you will come to the Beccles old railway bridge and it is best to steer through on the port side. Continue on your journey and you will see some stunning scenery for the location and pass by lots of famous reeds in the river (remember to keep the boat out of these as you don’t want to get stuck). After approximately one hour and forty five minutes you will see the entrance to the Waveney River Centre, where you can steer in and moor up for a quick coffee and toilet

stop, remember the river is tidal so leave plenty of rope for the boat to go up or down. If you are feeling fine then keep going, as Oulton Broad is now only 30/40 minutes away.

Continue down stream and in approximately 5/10 minutes you will come to a junction, here the tide is slightly stronger as the water from Oulton broads flows into the river you have just travelled along. Turn starboard(right) and follow the dyke, past the Dutch Tea Garden mooring onto Oulton Broad and cross the Broad in your boat. Here you have choice of moorings, by the wherry pub, near the Nicholas Everitt Patk or at the Commodore pub. The food at the Commodore is very good, they may charge you to moor but they will take this off your food bill, so an ideal stop if you want a pub with a garden mooring on the broad.

Keep an eye on your watch and leave around two to ensure adequate time to return. Remember when you pass the Dutch Tea Garden mooring you take the next port (left) turn on the river and then travel back to the yard enjoying the scenery as you pass the Suffolk RSPB Reserve on your port side.