Waveney River ToursLowestoft
Bridge Road
Oulton Broad
Suffolk NR33 9JS
 

 

The flat, marshy expanses of coastal East Anglia are a haven for migratory birds and other rarely seen wildlife. The best way to access this unusual area of Britain is by boat.

Waveney River Tours have been sailing on Suffolk's Broads & Rivers since 1970. Cruises are run daily throughout the Season and most last under one hour making them suitable for children as well as adults. Prices are very reasonable.

There is plenty of space for standing on the open deck so come prepared with warm clothing and binoculars.

Facilities on board the Waveney Princess include Toilets, Fully Licensed Bar and a Tea & Coffee Shop.

Disabled Access
Some wheelchair capacity is available when sailing from Oulton Broad.
 
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Cruises
- Oulton Broad
Oulton Broad lies within the new Broads National Park and is the major Broad in Suffolk. Tours start beside Mutford Lock, a restored Sea Lock which is frequently in operation allowing coastal craft access to the Broads. Based here is the Waveney Princess equipped with an open top deck and offering panoramic views over the Broadland landscape.
 
As the boat travels along, Reed Warblers and Reed Buntings can often be heard singing from the reed beds, and Marsh Harriers sometimes accompany the boat on its route.
 
- Oulton Broad Circular Tour
This sightseeing cruise sails around Oulton Broad and the first stretch of Oulton Dyke. See the boatyards and boathouses built along the banks of the largest Broad in the National Park.
 
Cruise duration approximately 40 minutes.
Daily cruises (June - August) leaving at 13:00 hours.
 
- River Waveney Marshlands Cruise
A delighful cruise along the Norfolk/Suffolk border travelling through the grazing marshlands on the Angles Way and taking in the waterside village of Burgh St Peter. The River Waveney is famous for its floating yellow water lilies which start blooming during May.
 
Cruise duration approximately 90 minutes.
Sailing daily April to October.
 
April, May, September & October – 1 cruise per day.
June, July & August – 11:00 & 14:00 hours each day.
 
- Victorian Heritage Cruise
Following Sir Samuel Morton Peto's historic railway line through the Waveney Valley to the 100 year old railway swingbridge at Somerleyton. A good chance of seeing Marsh Harrier's on the wing.
 
Cruise duration approximately 2 hours.
June July & August only, leaving at 14:00 hours.
 
- River Alde Estuary
Departs from the historic grain quay where generations of Thames Barge skippers have plied their trade. Thames sailing barges can still be seen under sail in these waters. The cruise heads out through the narrows down to the tiny village of Iken.
 
The Alde navigation is still marked with Hazel and Chestnut Withies, just as it would have been in the Bronze Age. The diverse wildlife changes with the season so there ar no guarantees of what you might see. Two pairs of Marsh Harriers nest around the brackish reed beds, and Shelducks and wading birds feed on the estuary. Harbour Seals are often seen sunning themselves in the estuary. Cruise duration approximately 45 minutes.
 
The River Alde is tidal so sailing times and days will vary. Full details are available on the Snape Maltings website. Web:  Snape Maltings
 
Self-Drive Boat
Hire Hourly or daily boat hire is available from Oulton Broad. Minimum age of principle hirer 18 with ID, and deposit may be required. Seasonal charges do apply. For further details go to Web: Waveney River Tours/ Self Drive Dayboats
 
- 6 person Day Boat:
Hire Includes tuition, buoyancy aids, fuel, third party insurance and chart of the area.
 
- 8 person Cruiser:
Hire Includes tuition, buoyancy aids, fuel, third party insurance and chart of the area. Facilities include toilet and cooker
 
- Places you can visit in a hire boat
Two hours hire will enable you to visit the waterside village of Burgh St Peter. With an afternoon or mornings hire you could also include time in Somerleyton
 
A full days hire brings greater choice including the Roman fort at Burgh Castle, the market town of Beccles,the priory at St Olaves, the village of Reedham, the isolated Berney Arms and the Broads tallest windmill.
 
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Contact & Further Information
Waveney River Tours, The Quay, Snape Maltings, Suffolk. IP17 1SR
Telephone   +44 (0)1502 574 903
 
Google Maps - Oulton Broads