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GunnaDo

Looking for a temporary marina near Downham Market

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Need to attend a wedding in June near Swaffham. I'm looking for a secure marina to leave our Nb for about 5 days and also need access to a hire car, so train station or good bus service would be great. Any ideas?

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How long is your boat? Where are you now?

 

There is a substantial, lit pontoon mooring on the Relief Channel at Downham Market, same end of town as the station. I do not know how long you're allowed to stay there - I think it's on EA water.

 

Trains from Downham to Swaffham are fairly frequent but you have to go up to Lynn and down again. Journey time is just over an hour.

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2 hours ago, Mortimer Mouse said:

Are you sure trains still run to Swaffham? 

No.

So much for relying on the internet! One web site shows a route between the two towns, another makes it clear that one has to get a train to Lynn and then a 'bus to Swaffham.

Both the trains and the 'buses seem to be frequent though - every hour.

Edited by Athy

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16 hours ago, GunnaDo said:

Need to attend a wedding in June near Swaffham. I'm looking for a secure marina to leave our Nb for about 5 days and also need access to a hire car, so train station or good bus service would be great. Any ideas?

 

Enterprise Car Hire will deliver and collect their cars to you, so you could get them to deliver and collect from the boatyard.

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17 hours ago, Athy said:

How long is your boat? Where are you now?

 

There is a substantial, lit pontoon mooring on the Relief Channel at Downham Market, same end of town as the station. I do not know how long you're allowed to stay there - I think it's on EA water.

 

Trains from Downham to Swaffham are fairly frequent but you have to go up to Lynn and down again. Journey time is just over an hour.

Officially 48 hours but we've stayed a week in the past with no problem. Never seem to be many boats in the relief channel other than those who like to see how fast they can go! Floating pontoons,  just chain on for security. 

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3 hours ago, GunnaDo said:

That's great as it is the first week in June.  cheers

OK,  I have told them I am away then and happy for my mooring to be sublet. Handy for the railway station, hire cars etc.

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I had a quick look at the website and it looks as though the boats are all cruisers. Ours is a 50ft Narrowboat. Is this ok. If so should I confirm with the marina?

cheers

Graham

Wife's just told me that we need the berth from wed 29th May for a week, is this still OK?

 

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18 minutes ago, GunnaDo said:

I had a quick look at the website and it looks as though the boats are all cruisers. Ours is a 50ft Narrowboat. Is this ok. If so should I confirm with the marina?

cheers

Graham

Wife's just told me that we need the berth from wed 29th May for a week, is this still OK?

 

This sounds like quite a wedding! Those dates are fine with me.

There are about 20 NBs there, alongside railway on north end of basin. I am 57' myself. dsc_0342.jpg

 

Edited by Scholar Gypsy

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Cheers for the pic, looks OK to me and we would like to take up your offer. Wedding is a PAIN but only 1 day. We'll be visiting a few people while we are in the area so back and forth a bit.    [email protected] if you need to PM me.

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39 minutes ago, GunnaDo said:

Cheers for the pic, looks OK to me and we would like to take up your offer. Wedding is a PAIN but only 1 day. We'll be visiting a few people while we are in the area so back and forth a bit.    [email protected] if you need to PM me.

Thank you. Please contact the marina to arrange a temporary mooring. Feel free to suggest you use my space. 

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