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|Waveney River Centre, Carlton Marshes and Oulton Broad|
|Author: Claire, Published: 10 Feb 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Norfolk, Burgh St Peter|
|A 6 mile 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.
|Start to Reed Beds|
Start point: 52.4817 lat, 1.6704 long
At Waveney River Centre, make your way into reception to request the Ternpike Ferry and make payment. The ferryman will take you on the short trip across the river and deposit you on the opposite bank – welcome to Suffolk! Turn right and follow the path along the top of the flood bank with the River Waveney to your right. At the first junction, turn left through a gate to join another section of raised embankment leading you away from the river. Take time to enjoy the expansive views across the marshes.
|Reed Beds to Broadlands Marina|
Start point: 52.4742 lat, 1.6816 long
Simply follow this raised embankment path leading you around the edge of White Cast Marshes. Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve is part of The Broads, Britain’s largest nationally protected wetland. It is a diverse mosaic of broadland habitats including grazing marsh, fen, reed bed and several small manmade broads created by historic peat digging. The reserve is home to many rare and threatened plants (such as the yellow-flag iris and southern-marsh orchid) and animals. Look out for water voles, otters, marsh harriers, barn owls, muntjac deer and many species of warblers.
|Broadlands Marina to Bridge Road|
Start point: 52.4709 lat, 1.7033 long
Keep directly ahead along the quayside, continue past the washrooms and join the path ahead with a fence running on your left. Stay with this path as it swings left around the banks of Tubby’s Marina. At a junction with a footbridge to your right, turn left and then follow the main tarmac path as it swings steadily right with Oulton Broad on your left.
|Bridge Road to Tubby's Marina|
Start point: 52.4729 lat, 1.7093 long
Pass through the park gates and, immediately afterwards, turn left (passing the bandstand across to your right). At the cream-coloured toilet block, turn right and follow this path past two buildings on your right, the second of which is the flint building which houses Lowestoft Museum. This is open seasonally but is worth a look around if you have time.
|Tubby's Marina to Path T Junction|
Start point: 52.4712 lat, 1.7062 long
The path continues with a fence running on your right. Just before the end of this fence, turn left across a wide concrete bridge and then keep ahead to join a single vehicle track. When the track swings left, turn right to join a narrow signed footpath (part of the Angles Way – more of that later). The path leads you between the lodges of a holiday village. Cross over the access track and take the path which continues ahead. Beyond the lodges, keep ahead through the caravan site, cross another entrance lane and take the narrow footpath ahead.
|Path T Junction to Sprat's Bridge|
Start point: 52.4694 lat, 1.6965 long
Turn right and follow the left-hand fence as it swings left to reach a signed junction. Ignore the path signed right, simply keep ahead on the stone path with a Landspring Drain on your right. This path is still part of the Angles Way, a 93 mile long distance path following the county boundary of Norfolk and Suffolk, gently meandering from Great Yarmouth through to Thetford.
|Sprat's Bridge to Pumping Station|
Start point: 52.4667 lat, 1.687 long
Keep ahead along the main path, with the Landspring Drain still on the left. At the next junction, with another footbridge on the left, turn right. Follow this wide track between the reed beds as it swings gradually left and then turns right to join a very long straight section, heading north west.
|Pumping Station to End|
Start point: 52.4757 lat, 1.6711 long
Pass to the left of the pumping station to reach the riverside path. Turn right along the riverside embankment and follow this ahead, with the River Waveney running on your left. Further along, ignore the path signed off to the right, instead continue ahead. Just before a dense hedgerow begins of the left, you will come to the landing point for the Ternpike Ferry. Call 07500 571232 to summon the ferry and this will take you across the river to reach Waveney River Centre. Welcome to Norfolk!
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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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