self-guided village-to-village walking, luggage transported
lots of wildlife to see – in the river, on land and in the air
discover the hidden treasures of many medieval village churches
option to shorten all walks by taking the bus
chance to visit the glorious Suffolk coast
What could be more delightful than a leisurely walk beside a gently flowing river as it meanders through a lush green landscape of fertile arable fields and shady woods, broken only by peaceful villages and fascinating historic sites? Wildlife abounds along the riverbanks – from water voles and moles, to kingfishers and coots – evoking fond memories of literary characters we all read about as children. Discover, too, a rich history of long-forgotten medieval wall paintings in ancient churches; crumbling Norman castles that once stood proud in the landscape; and memorials to heroic bomber squadrons from the Second World War.
The River Waveney is a considerable river, navigable for barges as high as Beccles; it runs for about fifty miles, between the two counties of Suffolk and Norfolk, as a boundary to both; and pushing on, tho' with a gentle stream, towards the sea...
Daniel Defoe, "A tour thro' the whole island of Great Britain" (1724)
You stay in three small market towns so typical of the area – unspoiled and traditional, yet providing high-quality accommodation and an eclectic mix of fine eateries in which to sample the excellent local produce. On the first two days, you walk from village to village, while on the third you are free to explore at leisure. We provide notes for a circular walk that discovers more of the Waveney Valley or a linear walk from the nearby market town of Diss. Alternatively, you can explore by car, perhaps visiting the city of Norwich, the charming Suffolk coastal towns of Southwold or Aldeburgh, or the beautiful gardens at Bressingham.