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  • Norfolk Broads Bridge Guide

  • There are many bridges on the Broads, of different types and it is important to know not only your own boats Air Draft (which is the height of the top of your boat from the water line) and the bridge height.  Naturally you always want  a greater bridge height than your boats air draft to ensure a safe passage.

    Note to hirers: Some bridges listed below are found at locations that hire craft are not permitted to navigate.  Hire craft must not be taken through Wroxham or Potter Heigham Bridges without the assistance of a Bridge Pilot.  Telephone numbers for the Pilots at both bridges are located in the Skippers Manual found on board your hire craft.

    Use our handy Bridge Guide below to find the average clearance at High Water of the bridges found throughout the Broads - though tide and weather conditions can make these measurements vary considerably - please use your own judgment and proceed with caution. Also ensure all persons are off the upper deck and any loose items that are above the usual height of your boat are stowed before making a bridge passage.  Sound your horn and give way to boats which are approaching the bridge should they be traveling with the current, as they will find it harder to slow or steer.

    Bridge Location

    Bridge Type

    Air Draft

    NORTHERN BROADS

       
         

    River Bure

       
         

    Breydon Road Bridge

    Lift

    13 ft

    Yarmouth (Vauxhall)

    Fixed

    6 ft  9"

    Yarmouth  (Road)

    Fixed

    7 ft

    Acle  

    Fixed

    12 ft

    Wroxham  

    Fixed

    7 ft 3"

    Wroxham Rail Bridge

    Fixed

    15 ft

         

    River Ant

       
         

    Ludham

    Fixed

    8 ft  6"

    Wayford

    Fixed

    7 ft

         

    River Thurne

       
         

    Potter Heigham Old

    Fixed

    6 ft  5"

    Potter Heigham New (Bypass)

    Fixed

    7 ft  7"

         

    SOUTHERN BROADS

       
         

    River Waveney

       
         

    St Olaves

    Fixed

    8 ft

    Somerleyton

    Swing

    8 ft 6”

    Beccles Bypass New

    Fixed

    12 ft

    Beccles Road Old

    Fixed

    6 ft 6"

    New Cut

       

    Haddiscoe

    Fixed

    24 ft

         

    River Yare

       
         

    Reedham

    Swing

    10 ft

    Postwick Viaduct

    Fixed

    35 ft

    Thorpe Rail (either end of Thorpe Green)

    Fixed

    6'

       

     

     

     

    River Wensum

       
         

    Trowse

    Swing

    9 ft

    Carrow

    Lift

    14 ft

    Novi Sad

    Swing

    16 ft

    Lady Julian

    Swing

    13 ft

    Foundry (By Norwich Y.S.)

    Fixed

    10 ft

    Bishop

    Fixed

    10 ft 6"

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