• The Waveney Valley - Oulton Broad

Exploring the Waveney Valley

Tucked away at the north of the Suffolk Coast is the Waveney Valley – a hidden gem.

The River Waveney rises on the Norfolk / Suffolk border near the village of Redgrave, winds its way towards Bungay, on to Beccles and Oulton Broad before reaching the sea at Lowestoft.

And the Waveney Valley has much to offer from delightful market towns, nature walks and country pubs through to river cruises, parks & gardens and a host of wildlife.

We’ll start our tour of the Waveney Valley in the market town of Bungay.

Bungay has been the focus of this part of the Suffolk countryside since the Anglo-Saxons called the area home. It’s a town that has so much to recommend: scenic walking, good shopping, historic buildings, and of course the River Waveney that has been the lifeblood of the town over the centuries. It is also home to Flint Vineyard and Fen Farm Dairy which produce the most delicious wines and cheese respectively! Flint Vineyard offer tours of their establishment from April onwards and if you haven't tried Baron Bigod yet, head to Fen Farm to pick some up from the farm gate!

Just a few miles away is Beccles - made up of small market squares and winding streets and nestled right by the River Waveney. Around every corner you’ll find quirky, independent shops, restaurants and cafes. Look out for a host of community events, festivals and entertainment held throughout the year.

Hippersons Boatyard is located right on the banks of the river and offers houseboats and a wonderful new edition for 2019, their floating glamping pod! You can also hire day boats from here and enjoy your own leisurely adventure on the river.  

Head down to Beccles Lido and catch the Big Dog Ferry. Enjoy a leisurely 3-mile trip by open boat up to Geldeston Locks.  It’s a chance to enjoy the wildlife along the River Waveney before taking a break for a drink, meal or music at The Locks Inn.  

This year, Big Dog Ferry will be available for longer trips and pick-ups from destinations such as Beccles Quay.

As the Waveney nears the coast it enters Oulton Broad – the southernmost of The Broads.

Carlton & Oulton Marshes contains a myriad of flower-studded marshes, pools teeming with water life and the shimmer of dragonflies during summer. Suffolk Wildlife Trust has created a haven for wildlife that you can enjoy for yourself. It’s a wildlife haven right on the edge of Lowestoft.

Oulton Broad offers year-round water sports, cute cafes, riverside eateries, fishing spots and Nicholas Everitt Park - the ideal place to spend a day on The Suffolk Coast.

On the water you’ll see canoes, kayaks, yachts and even traditional wherries plus the hustle and bustle of holiday cruises and day boats.

If you fancy taking the helm, head to Oulton Dayboats and hire a boat for a few hours or the whole day. Take yourselves off and explore the secluded spots around the Broad and take in all the wildlife you’re sure to encounter.

Or take a tour on board the Waveney Princess with Waveney River Tours. The open top deck offers panoramic views of the stunning Broads landscape and gets you close to Reed Warblers, Marsh Harriers, swans and so much more.

Mutford Lock in Oulton Broad sees the Waveney on its last couple of miles to the sea at Lowestoft. From here you are just a short walk from the amenities of each locations; the beach, seafront attractions and town centre shopping of Lowestoft and the bars, restaurants, shops, park and museum in Oulton Broad.

So now we’ve uncovered the hidden gem of the Waveney Valley for you, come and enjoy it for yourself the next time you visit the Suffolk Coast.

You can find out more about the Waveney Valley here: www.visitwaveneyvalley.co.uk/

Things to see and do

Lowestoft Tourism

Lowestoft Tourism

Come to Lowestoft for a great day out, short break or family holiday. 

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Marina Theatre

Marina Theatre

The Marina Theatre is proud to be Lowestoft’s not-for-profit professional theatre. Their charity number is 1149133. 

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Wheelchair Accessible

Oulton Broad Dayboats

Oulton Broad Dayboats

Self drive boat hire by the hour or day, spend time afloat in the newly created Broads National park here in Suffolk. 

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Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Felixstowe

From tiny meadows to rolling heaths, the nature reserves extend all the way along the Suffolk Coast from Trimley Marshes at Felixstowe to Lound Lakes north of Lowestoft and are some of Suffolk's most inspiring wild places. 

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Hippersons Boatyard 

Hippersons Boatyard

One of the best ways to see and experience the river! Day boats available to hire on the southern reach of the Norfolk Broads in Beccles, with day hire from 9.30am till 4.45pm, costing £100 for the day, part days are available on request. 

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Visitor Information Point Bungay - Bungay Library

Visitor Information Point Bungay - Bungay Library

One of Bungay’s Visitor Information Points is located within the town’s library, which stocks a range of leaflets and guides containing useful information to help you during your visit.

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Free wifi Wheelchair Accessible

Visitor Information Point Beccles - Beccles Books

Visitor Information Point Beccles - Beccles Books

One of the Visitor Information Points for Beccles is located within the independent bookshop Beccles Books, stocking a range of leaflets and guides containing useful information to help you during your visit.


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Visitor Information Point Bungay - The Art Trading Company

Visitor Information Point Bungay - The Art Trading Company

One of the Visitor Information Points for Bungay is located within the Art Trading Company retail outlet, in the heart of the town on Earsham Street.


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Beccles Lido & Big Dog Ferry

Beccles Lido & Big Dog Ferry

Beccles

Beccles Lido is now closed for the winter - reopening on Saturday 23rd May 2020.

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East Anglia Transport Museum

East Anglia Transport Museum

Lowestoft

The only museum in East Anglia where you can ride on working trams, trolley buses and narrow gauge railway!

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Waveney River Tours

Waveney River Tours

Lowestoft

Conducted river tours and boat hire through the Waveney Valley and the New Broads National Park.

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Waveney & Blyth Arts

Waveney & Blyth Arts

Waveney & Blyth Arts connects creative people and places along the Norfolk/Suffolk border and promotes the distinct cultural identity of this beautiful area through exciting arts events and activities.

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Henstead Pavilion

Henstead Pavilion

A stunning venue in the peaceful Suffolk Countryside, perfect for any occasion! With a secluded, private garden with feature outdoor pool, open fireplace and contemporary design. The Pavilion is a unique and ideal setting for all events.

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Visit Waveney Valley

Visit Waveney Valley

Running through the border between Norfolk and Suffolk, it's hard not to fall in love with the Waveney Valley. Discover a timeless rural landscape, where the pace of life is slow and the folk are friendly.

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Flint Vineyard

Flint Vineyard

Flint Vineyard is one of England's most exciting new wineries. Winemaker, Ben Witchell, combines cutting-edge technology with traditional winemaking techniques to produce elegant and refined English wines. 

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Cycle Breaks

Cycle Breaks

Ipswich

Supported, gentle cycling & walking holidays along the Suffolk Coast as well as in Constable Country, the Wool Towns and Norfolk plus quality bike hire too!

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Suffolk Museums

Suffolk Museums

There are more than 50 museums in Suffolk. Each one is unique, and they are all packed with fascinating stories and objects. If you want to know more about the past and how it has affected the present, just come and take a closer look.

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Visitor Information Point Beccles - Station Cafe

Visitor Information Point Beccles - Station Cafe

One of the town’s Visitor Information Points is located
within the café at the Railway Station, which stocks a range of leaflets and
guides containing useful information to help you during your visit.



 

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Wheelchair Accessible

Visitor Information Point Beccles - Saxon Therapy

Visitor Information Point Beccles - Saxon Therapy

One of the Visitor Information Points in Beccles is located within Saxon Therapy, which stocks a range of leaflets and guides containing useful information to help you during your visit.

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WHERE TO EAT

Flint Vineyard

Flint Vineyard

Flint Vineyard is set in a beautiful location overlooking the Waveney Valley, close to the bustling market town of Bungay.

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Fen Farm Dairy 

Fen Farm Dairy

Beautiful handcrafted raw dairy products, made on the farm from the milk of the herd of happy Montbeliarde cows.


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Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers

Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers

Bungay

Purveyors of high quality Fruit and Vegetables in the pretty market town of Bungay.

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where to stay

Suffolk Coastal Cottages

Suffolk Coastal Cottages

Southwold

Self-catering cottages with a personal touch, owned and managed by Trish Gower, offering delightful self-catering cottages in attractive unspoilt villages at or close to The Suffolk Coast. 

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Belle Grove 

Belle Grove

Halesworth

Located in Halesworth, Belle Grove is an extra special place for a well-deserved break, birthday celebration, anniversary, romantic week-end or family get–together.

“This place really is magical”

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Suffolk Secrets

Suffolk Secrets

Southwold

Suffolk Secrets is proud to offer the best choice of self-catering holiday cottages on The Suffolk Coast.

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Dog friendly

Suffolk Cottage Holidays

Suffolk Cottage Holidays

Woodbridge

Suffolk Cottage Holidays aims to bring you the best choice of quality cottages and homes across the finest locations of East Anglia.

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Dog friendly

Hippersons Boatyard 

Hippersons Boatyard

Hippersons Boatyard is a family run boatyard on the southern reach of the Norfolk Broads located in the market town of Beccles, providing self-catering accommodation that floats in the basin and on the river front. 

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