Norfolk Broads Coastline

Introduction

This area's northern limit is at the small village of Waxham. It extend well south of the Norfolk Broads area to Minismere Haven (north of Sizewell).

Much of the area consists of long beaches, punctuated by the occasional tidal river. Whilst outside the scope of this pilot, the Norfolk Broads provides some great paddling, and a good option in poor conditions - see 'Norfolk Broads Canoe and Kayak Guide' by Steve Maloney (Pesda Press).

Times of high water

Tidal streams

Between Caister-on-Sea and Winterton-on-Sea: The south south-east going stream begins at 5 hours and 45 minutes after high water at Dover. The north north-west going stream begins at 30 minutes before high water at Dover. The flow reaches a speed of 2 knots at springs.

Great Yarmouth, Haven Bridge: The tide flows south south-east and north north-west. The south south-east going stream reaches a speed of 4 knots at springs. The north north-west going stream reaches a speed of 3 knots at springs. The outgoing stream can reach 6 knots.

Off Great Yarmouth: The south going stream begins at 5 hours and 30 minutes after high water at Dover. The north going stream begins at 40 minutes before high water at Dover. The flow reaches a speed of 2.3 knots at springs.

Great Yarmouth harbour entrance: The north going stream begins at 5 hours and 45 minutes after high water at Dover. The south going stream begins at 30 minutes before high water at Dover. The north going stream reaches a speed of 2 knots at springs. The south going stream reaches a speed of 4 knots at springs.

Eddy south of Great Yarmouth North Pier: An eddy forms south the the North Pier at the entrance to Great Yarmouth harbour, running north and causing easterly flows along the south sides of the piers on both sides of the entrance.

Lowestoft Harbour entrance: The east going stream begins at 1 hours and 45 minutes before high water at Dover. The west going stream begins at 4 hours and 30 minutes after high water at Dover. The east going stream reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs. The west going stream reaches a speed of 2 knots at springs. At springs the west going flow is strongest for the first 2 hours. At neaps, the flow is 0.5 knots in both directions.

Eddy running across Lowestoft Harbour entrance: An eddy here flows north north-east starting 4 hours before high water at Dover.

Off Lowestoft: The north going stream begins at at high water at Dover. The south going stream begins at 6 hours and 10 minutes after high water at Dover. The flow reaches a speed of 2.5 knots at springs.

River Blyth Entrance, Southwold Harbour: The south-east going stream begins at 1 hours before high water at Harwich. The north-west going stream begins at 5 hours after high water at Harwich. The south-east going stream reaches a speed of 3.3 knots at springs. The north-west going stream reaches a speed of 1.5 knots at springs.

Off Southwold: The north-east going stream begins at 25 minutes before high water at Harwich. The south-west going stream begins at 5 hours and 45 minutes after high water at Harwich. The flow reaches a speed of 2 knots at springs.

Notes

Access/Egress

Horsey Gap: (TG 464 242) g Large car park 120m from the beach.

Winterton-on-Sea: (TG 499 197) g Large paid car park on the beach

Hemsby: (TG 507 173) g Access to beach near IRB station. Two car parks just to the north.

Scratby: (TG 515 154) g Small parking area by the road. Steep path with steps down to beach.

Caister on Sea, Second Avenue: (TG 522 138) g Parking along the road that runs along the beach.

Caister on Sea Braddock Road: (TG 525 126) g Small parking area close to the beach.

Yarmouth North Drive: (TG 532 082) g Large car park by the beach. Likely busy on summer weekends.

Great Yarmouth Marine Parade car park: (TG 531 021) g Large car park with paths down to the beach.

Lowestoft North Beach: (TM 551 953) g Very large free car park by the beach

Lowestoft Canoe Club: (TM 518 925) g Parking on grass to the right of the small road that runs down to the slipway. 100m carry to the water.

Lowestoft All Saints Road: (TM 542 909) g Large free car park by the beach

Lowestoft Cliftonville Road: (TM 538 901) g A few parking spaces at the end of the road. Short carry down steps to the beach.

Southwold Pier Car Park: (TM 512 768) g Large pay and display car park by the beach.

Southwold Ferry Road Car Park: (TM 507 754) g Pay and display car park a short carry from the beach.

Walberswick Ferry: (TM 501 750) g Large car park with various options for launching nearby.

Walberswick Beach: (TM 501 746) g Large car park 100m from the beach.

Dunwich: (TM 479 707) g Large car park by the beach

Suggested trips

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