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Review and Video of Waveney River Centre, Burgh St Peter, Norfolk

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Posted by Martin Dunford at 02:55 on Wednesday 26 June 2013

A well placed choice of accommodation options beautifully located on the peaceful banks of Waveney River where the loungers or the active are equally well provided for.

The Setting
At the end of an ever narrowing set of country roads, Waveney River Centre sits right on the river, overlooking a classic Broadland landscape of reeds and marshes. 

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Waveney River Centre waterfront, Photo:  Martin DunfordWaveney River Centre waterfront, Photo: Martin Dunford


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The Rooms
Waveney is many things rolled into one, and you can choose from straight camping, caravanning or self-catering in one of a number of holiday lodges. The campsite is right on the water and has a number of high-spec but environmentally friendly wetrooms, complete showers and toilets, along with a couple of family-sized rooms and one equipped for people with disabilities, plus a washing-up area with hot and cold water and a launderette. There is also a large-ish heated indoor pool and a well-stocked shop.Waveney River Centre, campsite Photo: Martin DunfordWaveney River Centre, campsite Photo: Martin Dunford

The Food
There’s a café in the pool building that serves breakfasts, sandwiches and jackets and other hot food, plus the site has its own pub, the Waveney Inn, which serves food lunchtimes and evenings, and has regular entertainment – quiz nights, karaoke, etc. Beyond the site, the closest decent pub is The Crown in Haddiscoe, which serves food, and there are a number of good restaurants in Beccles.Waveney River Centre, Shop Photo:  Martin DunfordWaveney River Centre, Shop Photo: Martin Dunford

The Activities
WRC rents day boats and canoes from what must be one of the best locations from which to explore this part of the Broads national park. There’s plenty of opportunity for walks – Oulton Broad is about an hour away, or you can follow the river all the way to Beccles in about 3 hours. On the water there are Canadian canoes for hire, or, more sedately, you can take a cruise on the Betsie-Jane – a glorious vintage launch that does a variety of half-day and day tours. There are bikes for hire (and they have free route maps so you know where you’re going), they run wildlife tours in conjunction with a local naturalist, and residents can fish from the riverfront without a permit. You should spend a bit of time exploring Burgh St Peter’s strange-looking ziggurat church, which is thatched and medieval in origin but was restored in the nineteenth century, and Eddie’s Secret Garden – a wildlife garden (great for kids) named after a legendary local pike whose statue is on the riverfront (and whose stuffed remains feature in the pub). But maybe the best – and greenest – thing the Waveney River Centre folk have done is to reinstate the foot ferry across the river, which not only gives access to beautiful Carlton Marshes and Oulton Broad on foot, but has also made the journey from Lowestoft to Waveney about six times shorter.Waveney River Centre, fishing Photo:  Martin DunfordWaveney River Centre, fishing Photo: Martin Dunford

The Green
Its green agenda is clear: power is partly supplied by 29kw of solar panels, it has an energy-efficient pool and low-energy lighting throughout, pretty much everything is recycled, and the centre has won the David Bellamy conservation award 3 years running.

How to get there by public transport
This is hard, and you have to be committed, but the easiest and perhaps the nicest way is to take a train to Oulton Broad South or North and walk or cycle the 2 miles or so from there (about an hour), crossing the river by means of the foot ferry (see above). Or you can take a train to Beccles or Haddiscoe, and then either take a taxi or cycle – each is around 7 miles from Waveney River Centre.

Top Tip
Waveney River Centre is a nice place to hang out and be lazy, but make the most of all the activities on offer, and also use it as a base to explore the surrounding area – you’ll be surprised by how diverse it is, and how much there is to see.

Waveney River Centre is an oasis of activity in what truly feels like the middle of nowhere down in the southern Broads. Despite this, its riverside location is a buzz of activity, with loads of facilities and things to do, so you really can have your cake and eat it.

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