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How to Find Us

Our address is Waveney River Centre, Burgh St Peter, Norfolk NR34 0BT

Please don’t use your satnav until you’ve read our travelling directions – please see our information on visiting by car, public transport or boat – or check out our location map. You can even visit us on foot from Oulton Broad or Carlton Colville, which are the other side of the river Waveney, but you can reach us via our pedestrian ferry.

Visiting by car

Follow the A143 to Haddiscoe and turn at the village hall into Wiggs Road, signposted Waveney River Centre (left when travelling from the east and right when travelling from the west). Continue to follow the brown signs, turning left into Burgh Road after 2 miles and proceed for another 2.5 miles until you arrive at the Centre.

Please note that the route is narrow and passes through a small village so please drive carefully having regard for our neighbours.

If your Tom Tom tells you to go a different way, please ignore it and follow the brown signs instead. The route usually suggested by satellite navigation systems features a number of blind bends and is completely unsuitable for holiday traffic. Furthermore it will direct you to a field, which is very nice but not where you want to be.

The signposted route has some passing bays and generally has the edge as you can see more than 50 yards ahead.

Closest bus services

The nearest bus stop is 2 miles from the park at Wheatacre. Anglian Buses run regular services via Wheatacre to:

Closest rail services

The nearest railway stations are at:

  • Beccles (Ipswich-Lowestoft line). 7 miles by road.
  • Haddiscoe (Norwich-Lowestoft line). 6 miles by road.
  • Oulton Broad South (Ipswich-Lowestoft line). 2 mile walk plus short ferry trip.
  • Oulton Broad North (Norwich-Lowestoft line). 2.5 mile walk plus short ferry trip.

Note – if travelling via Oulton Broad and the ferry, part of the walk is along the edge of a field. This is a public footpath but it can become muddy in very wet conditions. Please wear appropriate footwear and allow 50 minutes+ for the walk. Please contact the ferryman en-route on 07500 571232 so that we can anticipate your arrival.

Local taxi services:

  • Beccles Taxis – 01502 770002
  • Atoms Taxis (Beccles) – 01502 714885
  • Goldine Taxis (Beccles) – 01502 711611
  • Tom’s Cars (Beccles) – 01502 471919
  • Kims Kabs (Beccles) – 01502 712213
  • PJ Taxis (Beccles) – 01502 710999
  • Swift Taxis (Great Yarmouth) – 01493 300300
  • Albies Taxis (Great Yarmouth) – 01493 331111

Visiting by boat

Waveney River Centre is easily accessible from the sea, via Lowestoft harbour and Mutford Lock.

Lowestoft Harbour

Lowestoft Harbour is open at all states of tide. All bridges between Lowestoft and Oulton Broad will open so there are no problems for yachts with taller masts.

Small craft passing under the bridge have a clearance at mean high water springs of 2.2m at the centre of the arch. This road bridge will not open during rush hours and prior arrangement is required with Lowestoft Harbour Control on Channel 14 VHF. There is a Waiting Pontoon in the Trawl Dock. Pleasure craft may be required to form ‘flotillas’ to pass under the bridge to lessen disruption to the town’s traffic. Bridge-openings may take place at 10 specified times. Navigation in the bridge channel is controlled on Channel 14 and by amber and green lights on the bridge. General port details are available from plans D and E on Admiralty chart 1535 and on Lowestoft Haven Marina’s website.

Mutford Lock

The maximum size of craft that can be accommodated through Mutford Lock is length 22m (70ft), beam 6.5m (20ft 8in) and draught 1.75m at Low Water. Tide at Oulton Broad is approximately three hours after Lowestoft with a mean range of 0.7m. The charge is currently £11.00 per vessel for each lock transit or day return. The lock keepers work on VHF channel 73 and monitor VHF channel 14 or can be contacted Tel: 01502 531778 (if unavailable, contact the Harbour Master at Oulton Broad Tel: 01502 574946). They may arrange to open Carlton railway swing bridge and Mutford road bridge, if required, but bridges will not be opened during periods of rush hour traffic, and 24 hours notice is appreciated. The lock is normally operated from 08.00 to 18.00 apart from peak hours (08.00-09.00), 12.00-13.00, 17.00-18.00) but, at weekends and bank holidays only, requirements after 18.00 must be booked prior to 16.00 on that day.

Before visiting the Broads, please check the Notice to Mariners section of the Broads Authority website for the latest navigational information.

Navigational information kindly provided by the Green Book online. Extensive information on navigating on the Broads can be found on The Norfolk & Suffolk Boating Association’s website.