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Navigation and Angling


Navigation and mooring

When BESL has been designing the proposals, it has taken every effort to ensure that the works are cost-effective, economically viable, environmentally sound, and socially acceptable.  This underpins BESL’s task to provide sustainable flood defences.

Most of Broadland waterways are navigable to the public for both powered and non-powered craft. The waterways are used extensively by private boat owners and hire boats and it is popular with holidaymakers on boating holidays.

Navigation will be improved through the introduction of temporary (whilst the new/renewed reeded rond establishes itself) and permanent channel markers in the waterways.

In areas with an eroding floodbank the works will make the bank edge clearer, either through set back (the establishment of a new floodbank behind the existing where the existing bank is considered to be in a non-repairable state.  When the new bank is established the existing bank will be removed.  In some areas this may lead to an increase in the navigable width of the river) or through the installation of new or replacement piling.  The removal of old piling can often improve safety on the rivers edge with old piling regularly having obtrusive bolts or unprotected, unsafe edges, slippages and, in a few cases, is unstable. 

Along some stretches of the river bank the removal of tree coverage in certain areas will reduce wind shadow on the river thus improving conditions for sailing boats. 

Throughout the Broads river system there is a network of different types of moorings both public, private and informal.  The public moorings include Broads Authority 24-hour moorings, parish staithes and moorings by bridges for sailing craft to lower and raise their sails or to await the assistance of pilots.  Many of these make used of steel sheet piling historically provided as erosion protection.  Where piling continues to serve its flood defence function effectively, the moorings will be maintained.  Where piling has deteriorated or failed but is still required for flood defence because the bank cannot be setback because of the presence of buildings, heritage features or poor ground conditions then new piling will be installed.  These areas offer potential for development into mooring areas as agreed with the Broads Authority and/or relevant local stakeholders and landowners.

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Mooring and slipway improvements

The Broads provide around 120 miles of navigable waterways and is established as an important area for recreational boating. A large number of both private and hire craft regularly use The Broads as a result there is a high demand for facilities such as moorings. The entire BESL project area is adjacent to navigable waterways and often existing facilities such as moorings or slipways are located next to the floodbanks. Where possible BESL aim to improve such facilities, or provide new facilities where appropriate, as part of the floodbank improvement works. The majority of the mooring enhancement areas are managed by the Broads Authority or as parish staithes thus ensuring, once the works are completed, that they are available for public use. In addition to these formal enhancements, BESL also look to retain piling for informal moorings for as long as possible often undertaking repairs and maintenance works such as topboard replacement to make the area safe. All piling work, whether for formal mooring areas or just for flood defence purposes, is designed with safety features such as safety chains or ladders.

Below are some examples of BESL enhancements.


In the following locations, formal mooring areas have coincided with the flood defence improvement works. Whilst on site BESL have re-piled these areas (which also serves to support the flood defences behind) and also provide enhanced features, such as safety chains and ladders, mooring posts and surface finishing, to benefit the use as moorings.

South Walsham Fleet Dyke
A section of Broads Authority 24 hour moorings were re-piled and improved; completed in 2007. Previously the piling was in poor condition and this area was prone to flooding.

Another Broads Authority 24 hour mooring area upstream of the Reedcutters Public House was re-piled and improved; completed late 2007. Some aspects of the pub moorings were also improved to provide structural integrity to the flood defences and to make the area safe.

Rockland Staithe moorings and informal moorings on Short Dyke - two sections were re-piled and improved in 2004

The Broads Authority 24 hour moorings were re-piled and improved.


As part of flood defence works downstream of Beccles, a new slipway and ramp over the floodbank was provided for Beccles Amateur Sailing Club to replace the existing structure; completed early 2006.

New parish slipway and access ramp over the flood defence wall; completed 2005.

Replacement parish slipway and piling; completed 2007.

This was a partnership scheme between BESL, the Broads Authority and Cantley Parish Council to provide a new parish slipway and moorings adjacent to the sugar beet factory. BESL provided design and planning support and this scheme was constructed alongside a small length of flood defence bank adjacent to the factory. Additional funding was sought to provide these facilities as specified by the Broads Authority and parish council, who now manage the site. ((Click here to learn more about this scheme)

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