Waveney River Centre, Carlton Marshes and Oulton Broad Walk

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The Broads National Park

Waveney River Centre, Carlton Marshes and Oulton Broad Walk is a 5.9 mile loop trail located near Beccles, Suffolk, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length5.9 miElevation gain380 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningRiverViewsWildlifeNo shadePub walk
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Note: Sections of this trail may be closed due to construction and redevelopment work. A circular pub walk from Waveney River Centre, taking in a peaceful stretch of the River Waveney, the reed beds of Carlton Marshes nature reserve and the bustling boat life of Oulton Broad. The adventure begins with a short ride across the River Waveney on the Ternpike Ferry taking you from Norfolk into Suffolk, before exploring the nature reserve paths with chance to spot a huge variety of wildlife, making it the perfect outing for all the family. If you are staying in Suffolk, the walk can easily be adjusted to start and finish in Oulton Broad allowing you to use the Waveney Inn at the River Centre as the perfect halfway lunch stop. The walk is almost entirely flat. Whilst some of the paths are surfaced, several long stretches are unmade so these can get muddy after periods of rain and in winter so good boots are a must. You will need to negotiate a few gates and kissing gates plus two stiles. One of the stiles has a tight fence surround but a nearby alternative gate is usually open if you have a dog with you. The paths are generally fenced from the surrounding pastures, but you will cross one paddock which may be holding horses. The Ternpike Ferry runs all year (subject to tide and weather conditions) and it can be summoned on demand from Waveney River Centre reception (from the Norfolk side) or by calling 07500 571232 (from the Suffolk side). The ferry costs £3 per person return or £10 return for a group of four. Dogs travel for free. There are public toilets in Nicholas Everitt Park in Oulton Broad. Allow 3 hours.

In Norfolk: Start the walk from Waveney River Centre at Burgh St Peter. 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. The post code for the centre is NR34 0BT, but Sat Nav systems generally suggest an unsuitable route via blind bends so it is much safer to follow the brown signs. Once you arrive at the centre, drive down the main access track towards the slipway, passing the blue reception building on the right. There is parking available opposite reception or to the left of the slipway. Follow the walk directions from the beginning, Start to Reed Beds. In Suffolk: Start the walk from Oulton Broad. If you are coming by train, you have a choice of two rail stations, Oulton Broad North or Oulton Broad South. If you are coming by car, there is a large car park at Nicholas Everitt Park, accessed opposite St Mark's Church on the A1117. Approximate post code NR33 9JX. Once you have arrived in Oulton Broad, make your way towards the lifting bridge in the village centre. Just south of the bridge, take The Boulevard wide walkway which leads you past a number of thatched buildings (including the Harbour Master's Office) on your left with the water of Oulton Broad on your right. You will reach the gates for Nicholas Everitt Park ahead. Follow the walk directions from the section called, Bridge Road to Tubby's Marina.

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Ian Cladingboel
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Very nice flat walk - some closed paths but plenty of alternatives.

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Carole Welbury
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A lovely walk but a bit muddy in places. Saw several muntjac deer.

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Rosalie Corby-Marler
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HikingGreat!

It’s beautiful and full of wildlife.

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John Stafford
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Justin Jay
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parts closed to houses being built!!

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Davod Ree
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May 2019. Lovely route. Part closed so it’s not a full loop. Still can be done.

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Stefan Radose
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Sarah Rope
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John Bayfield
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David Riches
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Rob Holmes
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Jakub Wenda
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