Local Area

Our park is situated in a beautiful part of the southern Broads. There is plenty to see and do in the immediate area with much more just a short drive away.

We’re extremely lucky to have Carlton Marshes nature reserve on our doorstep which is easily reached via our pedestrian ferry.

If you’re a keen walker you’ll find plenty of routes to keep you occupied during your stay, with routes such as Angles Way which takes you on a 3 hour stroll along the river bank or perhaps you could take a journey of reflection around the parish of Aldeby, using limestone boundary markers carved with ancient runic.

Venture slightly further afield and you’ll find a host of beaches and local attractions that will keep you entertained throughout your holiday.

walking iconWalking

Waveney River Centre is a haven for walkers, whether you’re staying with us on Park or dropping in for lunch or coffee on your way along the Angles Way long distance footpath.

A short walk along the riverbank gives you a feel for your surroundings and in spring and summer you will be rewarded with sightings of numerous birds, dragonflies and butterflies.

Ternpike Ferry to Carlton Marshes

A 2 minute trip on our ferry service brings you to the edge of Carlton Marshes Nature reserve, with its circular walks and education centre. From here you can follow the Angles Way along the riverbank to the market town of Beccles (3 hours) or the village of Oulton Broad (45-60 minutes). We’ve even planned a circular walk for you, which passes through Carlton Marshes & Oulton Broad and takes around 2.5 hours at a moderate walking speed and allowing time to enjoy the views – download map. And if you’re walking to Waveney River Centre from Oulton Broad or Carlton Marshes then there’s a map for that too!

Pathways in Stone

Waveney River Centre is located only a mile from Pathways in Stone – a journey of reflection around the parish of Aldeby, using limestone boundary markers carved with ancient runic symbols to celebrate the local identity and echo the history of the last millennia.

The stones echo the tradition of parish boundary markers and each is named and carved with ancient Christian symbols and Runic characters. The design elements of the outlying stones are all combined on the central ‘Stone of Destiny’.

ternpike ferryTernpike Ferry

For 2012, we revived the ancient ferry service across the River Waveney, linking us with Suffolk and bringing the village of Oulton Broad – with its railway services to Norwich and Lowestoft – within a 45 minute walk.

A short trip on Eddie’s “Ternpike” ferry service delivers you to the edge of Carlton Marshes nature reserve, a wildlife haven of grazing marsh, fen meadow and peat pool – the Broads in miniature and a perfect place for a walk. There’s a circular walk through the reserve, whilst for hardcore ramblers the 93 mile Angles Way runs along the river’s edge on its way from Great Yarmouth to Knetishall Heath (near Thetford), calling at Oulton Broad, Beccles and Bungay en-route.

If you’re walking the Angle’s Way with your tent on your back – a 2 minute hop across the river brings you to our campsite with luxury showers, shop, pub, pool and café all on the Park. Or just drop in for a pie & a pint as you wend your way along the Norfolk/Suffolk border.

The service runs on the hour throughout the year from our side, subject to tide & weather conditions. It can be summoned on demand for return on 07500-571232.

The ferry costs £2 single, £3 same day return or £10 return for a group of 4.

Some history for you

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the ferry provided an important means for south Norfolk villagers to walk or cycle to Lowestoft’s fish market, turning a 17 mile journey via Beccles bridge into a more manageable 5 miles. The post-war explosion in car ownership decimated the demand for local ferry services – but today there is a new generation of walkers and cyclists keen to explore the Broads at a more leisurely pace.

marshesCarlton Marshes Nature Reserve

We’re extremely lucky to have Carlton Marshes nature reserve, just across the river in Suffolk, on our doorstep. The reserve is a wildlife haven and you can easily reach it via our pedestrian ferry.

The reserve is run by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust and has been recognised as a site of national importance due to its populations of nationally rare animals, birds and plants, some of which are not found anywhere else in the UK. The good news for people and wildlife is that the reserve is about to become a lot better, as the Trust plans a huge extension to create a mix of new habitats, protect the existing wildlife and attract new species to the reserve.

However, in order to do this, they need your help. The Trust has raised an appeal to raise £1million to purchase extra land to create a mix of wetland habitats, including reed, marsh and fen – all reclaimed from farmland. The funding will also lead to additional bird hides and a new cycle path, which will be accessed via our pedestrian ferry across the river. It is hoped that the new habitats will attract an increased number of rare birds, insects and animals to the site.

Due to the site’s significance for nature, the appeal has received some high-profile support from the likes of Sir David Attenborough and BBC TV’s Countryfile TV programme.

Here at Waveney River Centre, we’re doing our bit by adding a voluntary £2 to every booking we receive, which is donated to the appeal.

To find out more about Carlton Marshes, the appeal and to make a donation, visit www.suffolkbroads.org.uk

burgh st peter churchBurgh St Peter Church

Burgh St Peter has a rich history – nowhere else has a church tower quite like the Ziggurat-inspired church of St Mary, which for centuries was the church of the Boycott family who gave their name to the English language. Local legend has it that the devil loaned a poor man money to build the church, and when Satan came to claim his dues the man escaped his fate by dying hours before and was safely buried in consecrated ground.

In the early 20th century, locals were fond of telling holidaymakers that the church tower was in fact telescopic and was wound up at the beginning of each sailing season and wound down again to mark the onset of winter!

norfolk wildlife iconWildlife

Waveney River Centre is teeming with wildlife and we are engaged in an ongoing Wildlife Survey, in partnership with Carl Chapman of Wildlife Tours & Education. Carl makes regular visits to the Park, and has researched Wildlife Journals for further evidence of local species. Reptile mats have been installed, and bat and moth survey carried out.

81 species of bird have been recorded so far since February 2010, 9 species of mammal, 2 species of reptile and 7 species of butterfly.

Just across the river Waveney, reached by our pedestrian ferry, is Carlton Marshes nature reserve which is teeming with rare birds, animals, insects and plants.

the broadsThe Broads

The Norfolk Broads is Britain’s magical waterland, a uniquely beautiful environment shaped by people working hand in hand with nature over thousands of years. The Broads offers visitors an experience unlike any other, both on its rivers, lakes and alongside them, on peaceful paths and cycleways and in the unspoiled villages and market towns that make up the tapestry of this fantastic area.

The Broads offers a rich mix of attractions and activities year-round for visitors of any age and any interest. The area is proud to be a member of Britain’s family of National Parks, and is recognised globally for its wildlife and the distinct and precious character of its environment.

A Norfolk Broads boating holiday makes for an ideal UK holiday or short break, it’s all within easy reach of the historic city of Norwich and the exhilarating coastline of Norfolk and Suffolk. A magical place where land and water, people and nature meet – there’s nowhere quite as special as the Broads.

attractionLocal Attractions

Whilst we have plenty to keep you entertained on-site, there is whole host of things to do in Norfolk and Suffolk. We’ve created a list of some of our favourite places to visit whilst you’re enjoying your break

If you’re looking to spot some exotic wildlife that can’t be found on the Broads then Banham Zoo is the attraction for you. The zoo is an award winning family attraction and one of the most exciting wildlife attractions in the country, with over 2,000 animals from around the world.  Banham Zoo is set in 50 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens. Whilst visiting you can experience feeding giraffes, tigers and sea lions to name jut a few.

Africa Alive! is set in 100 acres of stunning Suffolk countryside which offers the chance to spot wide range of British wildlife as well as our spectacular ‘Plains of Africa’ the perfect place to sport five species of African savannah animals, including graceful giraffe and heavy weight rhinos. During the summer months you can even get the chance to get up close to these magnificent creatures with their ‘Plains of Africa’ experience.

BeWilderwood is a curious treehouse adventure with treehouses, zip wires, jungle bridges, Crocklebags, boat trips and marsh walks. If you’re planning on visiting don’t forget to bring some sensible shoes and  clothes you don’t mind getting muddy whilst you enjoy a day out with the children.

Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve is a wonderful marshland perfect for a relaxing walk whilst enjoying some of the rare wildlife Waveney Valley has to offer. It’s not unusual to spot a rare Marsh Harrier whilst enjoying a peaceful stroll. The beauty of the marshes is you just never know what you might spot. The best thing is Carton Marshes visitor centre is just across the river via our own ferry.

City of Norwich is the most complete medieval city in the United Kingdom, with cobbled streets such as Elm Hill, Timber Hill and Tombland. Norwich is steeped in culture and history. Home to two cathedrals and a Castle. You’ll find the top 10 retail destination will satisfy any shopaholic with a wide range of high street shops amongst plenty of independent retailors in the well renowned ‘Norwich Lanes’

Somerleyton Hall & Garden is widely regarded as one of the best examples of archetypal Tudor – Jacobean mansion and of the most beautiful stately homes in Britain with rooms and 12 acrces of gardens open to the public

Pleasurewood Hills is East Anglia’s premier theme park  with over 35 rides, shows and attractions. We’re sure you’ll have a fun day whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or not, there’s plenty of things to do. From riding Wipeout the region’s most extreme roller coaster, or enjoying a sealion or parrot show.

Caldecott Hall is a 400 acre country estate enjoying the scenic views stretching from an historic Viking burial ground to the Waveney Forest.

Local beaches

Southwold is a charming north Suffolk seaside town on the Suffolk heritage coast. The town offers attractions such as working lighthouse, beach huts, award winning pier, busy harbour, cliff top cannon and beach.

Lowesoft is a port town with wide sandy beaches and two piers and interactive fountains. In the cooler months the seafront is very popular for walking and enjoying the clear sea air, of course there are a number of restaurants and cafes in the area for you to refuel.

Great Yarmouth is a famous family seaside town with pleasure beach, sea life centre, promenade, pubs and of course plenty of fish and chip shops. With rides and attractions stretching along the fabled Golden Mile.