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.
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.