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Houlle, south of Watten 08 Sep 2017 14:11 #94934

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Thanks,
It wasnt so much our mooring pins as the soft soil that failed us.
I had set the filter to look for water which is why I missed the Guide entry - doh!
Sounds like we missed a nice spot, but we would have had further to sail down again the next morning.

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Houlle, south of Watten 07 Sep 2017 20:26 #94925

From the mooring guide, we were there this year and it is accurate I presume you are no more than a metre and should have no problem with depth;

Mooring:
Rating Adequate
Lat/Long:
050°47.85N , 002°10.70E
Reference:
PK 118.2
Location:
In the River Houlle, LB under rail bridge about 4 kms and 40 minutes upstream of Watten.
Mooring:
Two good wooden quays one about 20m and the other 35m. Cleats a bit light so say boat size
Essentials:
Rubbish disposal
Facilities:
None
Costs:
None
Amenities:
In village at about 300m there is a lively cafe-bar which stocks gas bottles and there is a good restaurant (closed
Wednesdays). No shops, nearest s/mkt 5km.
Contributors:
Faraway 12x1 4/11; Anna-Maria 22 6/14; the River 21x0.9 6/14;
Remarks:
Neat lawns and a slip which is frequently used by the locals. Be careful not to block the slip. Sky TV only possible
from the downstream/short quay. Very, very peaceful - worth the trip. The trip up the river is quite slow as it is very narrow at
times. Do not be concerned about turning around as there is a good turning area about 100 meters past the moorings.
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Houlle, south of Watten 07 Sep 2017 19:15 #94924

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Take a look at Google Earth. Although depths are impossible to guess, the width offers numerous turning options even at the end of navigation at Houle.

I've not been there myself though.

Peter

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Houlle, south of Watten 07 Sep 2017 19:06 #94923

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We moored just up from the rail bridge but just as we relaxed a large surge from the main canal ripped our pathetic mooring pins out so we crept up the river.
At about 2.5km up the depth was dropping and with no knowledge of any mooring at the end turned around & moored up, more securely :) at just over 2km to the bank.
I would love to walk up the rest but as before we are on the wrong side for the path.

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Houlle, south of Watten 07 Sep 2017 17:33 #94922

We are only 13m x 1m draft and had no problems but I am sure bigger boats have done it. The river is very twisty but extremly pretty - there is plenty of space to turn at the end also a very good restaurant at the end in Houlle open most middays but only Fri and Sat evening.
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Houlle, south of Watten 07 Sep 2017 16:40 #94921

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The eclusier at Watten suggested we moor up the Houlle!
It looks intriguing, but also an easy place to get stuck.
No depth info available and few places to turn around - I don't fancy reversing 3.6km.
Just the place to try out a dinghy perhaps?
Just wondered if anyone had explored further up than the rail bridge at PK 0.1 where we are moored
to get us away from the river wash?
It is claimed that there is a cafe at 1.3km, but sadly we cannot reach the footpath on the opposite bank.
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