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How to see the Broads -
I make no doubt there are a great number of people who would holiday on the Broads did they but know something definite about the district, and the conditions under which a cruise may be enjoyed. People have often asked me: “How can I see the Broads?” and have shaken their heads when I replied: “Go for a fortnight’s cruise.” That is the only way to thoroughly see this beautiful district. And there is no need to shrink from a cruise; for, apart from perfect safety, health-
But I must leave descriptive writing to other pens than mine, and content myself with the less-
Suppose our party consists of eight; there are a number of wherries that may be hired from £10 to £15 a week. Below is a plan of a boat I know, and this, or a similarly constructed one, may be hired at Wroxham or any yachting station.
No. 2 is cutter-
For a party of four men a multiplicity of craft are available, ranging from £3 to £5 a week (July). A handy and comfortable class are those with cabin tops that can be raised at night, thus giving 5ft. 6”. Headroom. These boats are sloop-
Having secured our craft we must next turn our attention to a hardly less important matter, namely that of provisioning. I have always found it more satisfactory to leave the catering to a local store. This not only does away with a great deal of worry, but it ensures having on board just what is required, and that in reasonable quantity. Roys of Wroxham, are excellent people with whom to entrust this all-
As a guide to those who prefer to undertake the commissariat themselves, the chief contents of one of these hampers may be helpful: bread, butter, cheese, bacon, cooked ham, eggs, potted meats, tins of tongue, salmon, lobster, sardines, milk, cream, bottles and tins of soup and fruit, tea, coffee, sugar, salt, mustard, oil and vinegar, biscuits, cakes, candles, paraffin oil, methylated spirit, corkscrew, tin opener, etc. Cold cooked joints, or fowls, may be had to order. The most useful joints are pressed beef, cold salt beef, and rolled ribs. Enough meat should be taken for three days, and arrangements made to have a further supply sent to yachting stations as required. You must remember when catering that you have to feed the attendants and they don’t play with a knife and fork! ! It is possible to buy bread, fresh milk and eggs, vegetables, and fruit, etc., from river-
I have based these estimates on personal experience and, of course, they will vary slightly “according to the taste and fancy of the crew,” but I have over, rather than under, estimated. A fortnight costs less in proportion than a week, and I have had many for £5 – inclusive. The plans I have given are of boats which may be hired from Mr Ernest Collins of Wroxham, and visitors may be assured of their being turned out spick and span and well found.
Our party having been selected, our boat hired and provisions ordered, let us get away for a week’s cruise on the Bure. Arriving at Wroxham station we find our skipper awaiting us, and under his guidance make our way down the village street gay with happy, careless holiday folk in flannels and summer garments. The first thing to do on arriving at the boat is for each to select his (or her) berth, and arrange in lockers and drawers what things will be in daily request, stowing the rest of the baggage out of the way. You must be methodical on a yacht. By the time this is done tea is served on the deck. In the evening we stroll along the “rhond” examining the many craft making ready for a cruise. After dinner, which we have at a river-
We have lunch after leaving the Broad, and arrive by tea-
Built by King Canute. The Dane,
For his soul’s eternal gain.
Just past here we leave the Bure for the Thurne, and with a good breeze soon make Potter Heigham. This is another large yachting centre, and very convenient for visitors from the north and Midlands – the number of which, by the way, is increasing yearly. A walk to the little village (of one shop) takes us past the old “Falgate Inn.” Here, near the miniature five-
This gate hang high, but hinder none;
Refresh and pay and travel on.
That evening and early next morning the dinghy again comes into use for those who wish to explore Heigham and Hickling Broads.
Wednesday we have the longest sail we have yet done before us – a matter of twenty miles to Yarmouth. So along the windmill-
Hey! John Barley-
Hey! John Barley-
Old and young will raise the song –
Saturday morning, during the sail back to Wroxham, we take turns in packing up, and by mid-
Sunday may well be spent in a quiet sail to Coltishall – upstream. This little bit of seven miles is sweetly pretty, and is worth the possible quanting made necessary by the avenue of trees and high, rough banks. So past Belaugh – a little village clinging to the sides of a hill, at the summit of which stands the grey flint church tower – till the sun shines on the red roofs that rise steepwise around an old malting-
The distance covered in this cruise is not great, but it is the slow, restful movement that holds the chief charm; and by arriving early at places of interest it gives an opportunity of seeing something of the surrounding country. Of course, it is possible to make Yarmouth from Wroxham in a day, and to spend some time on the Yare or Waveney, but such hurry has never appealed to me. In a fortnight the Thurne and the Ant may be taken on the return journey, and a week may be spent on Oulton Broad, the Waveney and the Yare. Such a trip would include visits to Lowestoft, Beccles, Brundall, Whitlingham and Norwich. Finally, an emphatic word of praise is due to the Great Eastern Railway Co. for the really splendid enterprise, in recent years, which has resulted in not only an admirable service of fast and inexpensive trains to the Broads district, but for the many other facilities and economies which have been arranged with a view to the special comfort of the intending tourist to the Broads.
No. 1 has 6ft. headroom. Will sleep eight people comfortably, and is fitted with spring berths throughout. The terms per week – including the two attendants, who sail the boat and prepare the meals – are: for May £8; June £11; July and August £13; September £9. A party of six would find ample accommodation on a large yacht similar to that shown in plan 2.
Supposing our party consists of four, we have a large number of boats from which to choose. For comfort and convenience one on the plan of no. 3 with its folding-