Boating and Leisure
The Broads National Park is Britain’s largest protected wetland and third largest inland waterway. The Broads are a man-made wonder, the result of medieval peat diggings which were flooded by rising water levels centuries ago. Today there are miles of lock-free rivers to explore by boat, and an abundance of wildlife - a quarter of Britain’s rarest species can be found in the Broads.
If you own a boat, you can keep it at our moorings. Our award-winning marina is just a few moments’ walk from the lodges.
Hire a day cruiser
The best way to experience the Broads is by boat, and at Waveney River Centre we have a fleet of day cruisers which you can hire to visit the lovely market town of Beccles the ever-popular Oulton Broad, or the pretty riverside villages of Somerleyton, St Olaves, Reedham and Loddon. Or you can get even closer to nature with a canoe or kayak adventure! If you own your own boat then you can moor it near to your lodge and the whole Broads system becomes your oyster. The trip up the River Yare to the historic city of Norwich is a journey to remember, with lovely water meadows and great riverside pubs along the way. Or venture across Breydon Water to Great Yarmouth, then travel up the River Bure and spend a week exploring the northern Broads including the villages of Wroxham, Horning, Potter Heigham and Stalham.
Love nature and walking? You'll be spoilt for choice
We have some great nature reserves virtually on our doorstep - including Oulton and Carlton Marshes. A quick trip on our pedestrian ferry delivers you to the edge of Carlton Marshes nature reserve - the Broads in miniature - with its diverse range of habitats including meadows, wet grassland, reedbeds, marsh and woodland. Oulton Broad - a popular village with plenty of pubs & shops and 2 main line railway stations - is only 50 minutes walk, or you can explore a section of the 92 mile Angles Way long distance footpath; Beccles is a very enjoyable 3 hour walk (each way) along the riverbank.
There are some great angling opportunities too
Our riverside location is the ideal spot for pike, roach and bream during the open season, either from the river bank or a boat. You will of course need a rod fishing licence from the Environment Agency to fish on the Broads. Just a couple of miles away is Aldeby Pits, a well-established, disabled-friendly venue with four well-stocked fishing pits containing carp, tench, and bream.
Take a detailed look at the features of our park and lodges plus get a feel for the surrounding area.