Categories: Travelogue

by chris


Not the greatest adventure on this little weekend trip, but with the weather almost switching overnight from grim winter to heatwave I couldn’t resist a relaxing overnighter at what must be my favourite ‘local’ mooring at Belaugh. There’s at best space for two boats and has a fantastic miniature green, offering a wonderful sunset and a shady morning.

The weed cutter must have been busy as there was a fair bit of sliced salad on the waters surface on the way up and we narrowly missed a 6ft log drifting in mid-stream.

I’d been looking forward to this trip all week, complete with ice cold lager and a huge prawn salad, the latter shared with my daughter who amazingly chose to to leave her mobile at home for the weekend in favour of reading a book !

On the way home on Sunday we stopped off at the Hoveton Great Broad Nature Trail. This was a wonderful half hour circular wooden path though an incredibly diverse mini-wilderness. It’s well worth stopping off for, particularly if you fancy dawdling ! The hide at the half-way point overlooks a nesting platform for squabbly Great Terns with binoculars provided to get a good look.

Then it was home time, with arrival back at Ranworth and a wash down of the boat (something I’m trying to make a habit of rather than having to heavily compound the gelcoat once a season).

Oh, I’m also trying to compile a ‘rules of the road’ for the Norfolk Broads which is why I took a picture of a prize pair wearing captain’s hats speeding through a highly congested Horning whilst blushing as red as boiled seafood in the sun.