On the river in the Waveney Valley

With miles of beautiful river and the gateway to the Southern Broads, the Waveney Valley is the perfect place to explore by boat or canoe.

Much of the gentle River Waveney is accessible for boats and canoes. Cruise along from the picturesque town of Beccles stopping at charming riverside pubs and restaurants, or take a picnic, and stop for lunch on the banks of the water. Hire a canoe and paddle around the loop in the river at Bungay. Crystal waters and calm conditions make this stretch, from Earsham to Ellingham, ideal wildlife spotting terrain with otters, swans, kingfishers and herons regular visitors. The River Waveney Trust are one of the guardians of the river, and produce the informative River Waveney Guide – From Source to Sea.

If you prefer a more leisurely trip on the water, then why not take a relaxing tour by boat. Covering one of the most attractive and unspoilt stretches of the River Waveney from Beccles, the Big Dog Ferry takes passengers west towards the unique riverside pub at Geldeston, often spotting marsh harriers and otters on the way. Sailing twice a day from the beautiful Oulton Broad, Princess Waveney takes passengers on a tranquil trip along the water, operated by Waveney River Tours

For a unique and truly magical experience, try a week of swimming and sailing with Coningham-Rolls. Swim in some of England’s cleanest waters, discovering a fascinating and historic landscape of medieval churches, windmills, vast skies and waterside pubs aboard White Moth,  one of the few surviving Norfolk wherries.

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