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Norfolk Broads Bridge Clearances & Tidal Rise and Fall Chart

These average summer high water Bridge Clearances are only approximate as many factors including differing tides and weather conditions will affect the accuracy.

The Norfolk Broads tidal rise and fall figures are based on a single tide and are yet again only approximate. In addition some of this information dates back to 1995 and I don’t know if climate change may have had any effect.  

At Potter Heigham Bridge it is compulsory to use the chargeable Pilot Service to take any Hire Craft  through.  Although the plaque on the boat may state that the boat is capable of going through Potter Heigham Bridge this is rarely achievable. The majority of time there is insufficient clearance. The pilot is best qualified to inform you if both your outward and return passage is possible. You can telephone in advance on 01692 670460 between 8.30 a.m. and 5.00 p.m or call mobile number 07990 686097.

*At Wroxham Bridge I am not totally sure but believe it has now been made compulsory by all hire craft companies to use the chargeable Pilot Service Tel: 07775 297638. I would recommend using the Pilot regardless. It's worth making enquiries when you pick up the boat as some companies based in Wroxham may provide a staff member to take the boat through.

Although official figures give Wroxham Bridge an estimated clearance of 7ft 3ins at high water in my recent visits I have rarely seen more than 7ft 3ins clearance at low water.  In fact I have noticed that most of the time the gauge  remains close to 7ft.

You can find more information on negotiating bridges by selecting the “Boating Tips” Tab and then chose “Bridges” from the section tabs lower down the boating tips page. Their is also a video of a Pilot taking a boat through Potter Heigham Bridge.

At Yarmouth The Broads Authority list Yarmouth Vauxhall Bridge as having 3" less clearance than Acle Road bridge. The gauge boards are all set for the lowest point on Vauxhall Bridge.

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Additional Norfolk Broads River Levels

This Norfolk Broads tidal rise and fall figures are based on a single tide and is only approximate . Many factors could affect the accuracy of these figures.

Bridge Gaps

Breydon Water BridgeYarmouth Road BridgeYarmouth Vauxhall BridgeAcle BridgeWroxham BridgeLudham BridgePotter Heigham BridgeReedham BridgeThorpe Norwich BridgeWayford BridgeSt Olaves BridgeBreydon Bridge from YarmouthBack to top of page

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Location

Type

High Water Headroom

/Air Draft

Total

Rise & Fall

Width

NORTHERN BROADS


Imperial

Imperial

Imperial

River Bure





Breydon Road Bridge

Lift

13 ft

3 ft - 6 ft


Yarmouth Vauxhall

Fixed

6 ft  9"

3 ft - 6 ft

100 ft

Yarmouth  Road

Fixed

7 ft

3 ft - 6 ft

70 ft

Acle Road

Fixed

12 ft

1 ft 3” - 1 ft 9”

78 ft

Wroxham Road

Fixed Arch

7 ft 3"

4” - 6”

*All Must Use Pilot. Chargeable.

Wroxham Rail

Fixed

15 ft

4” - 6”

47 ft

River Ant





Ludham

Fixed

8 ft  6"

7” - 9”

 18 ft

Wayford

Fixed

7 ft

0”

20 ft

River Thurne





Potter Heigham Old

Fixed Arch

6 ft  5"

4” - 6”

All Must Use Pilot. Chargeable.

Potter Heigham New

Fixed

7 ft  7"

4” - 6”

73 ft 6"






SOUTHERN BROADS





River Waveney





St Olaves

Fixed

8 ft

2 ft 6” - 3 ft

78 ft 6"

Somerleyton

Swing

8 ft 6”

2 ft  3” -  2 ft 6”

54 ft

Beccles Bypass New

Fixed

12 ft

2 ft 6”

95 ft

Beccles Road Old

Fixed

6 ft 6"

2 ft 6”

41 ft 6"

New Cut





Haddiscoe

Fixed

24 ft

2 ft 9”

40ft

River Yare





Reedham

Swing

10 ft

2 ft - 2 ft 6”

54 ft 6"

Postwick Viaduct

Fixed

35 ft

2 ft - 3 ft


Thorpe Rail (both ends of loop)

Fixed

6'

2 ft - 3 ft


River Wensum (through Norwich)





Trowse

Swing

9 ft

1 ft 6 “ - 2 ft

30 ft

Carrow

Lift

14 ft

1 ft 6 “ - 2 ft

30 ft

Novi Sad

Swing

16 ft

1 ft 6 “ - 2 ft

54 ft

Lady Julian

Swing

13 ft

1 ft 6 “ - 2 ft


Foundry (By Norwich Y.S.)

Fixed

10 ft

1 ft 6 “ - 2 ft

54 ft

Bishop

Fixed

10 ft 6"

1 ft 6 “ - 2 ft

No hire craft through/beyond bridge

  NORTHERN BROADS


SOUTHERN BROADS

Location

Total

Rise & Fall


Location

Total

Rise & Fall


Location

Total

Rise & Fall

River Bure



River Yare



River Chet


Horning

6" - 9"


Cantley

2 ft


Loddon

2 ft - 2 ft 6"

Stokesby

2 ft


Beachamp

2 ft 6" - 3 ft


River Waveney


Stracey

2 ft


Brundall

2 ft 6"


Oulton Broad

2 ft 9"

River Thurne



Surlingham

2 ft


Beccles

2 ft 6"

Thurne Mouth

1 ft


Bramerton

2 ft


Geldeston

2 ft - 2 ft 6"