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River Waveney

The River Waveny runs from the tidal reaches to Bungay.

Things to do nearby

cheering group of wrg volunteers in hi viz and hard hats

Facts & Stats

4 miles


The length of the River Waveney restoration.

3 locks


Date closed

Geldestone and the wherry Albion

As long ago as 1670, the creation of the River Waveney Navigation saw three locks built to allow boats to continue from the tidal reaches (which were already in use between Breydon Water and Beccles), on up to Bungay.

These lower lengths (plus their links to Lowestoft and the upper Yare) still form part of the Broads; however the length above Geldeston fell out of use and closed. 

There are no current plans to reopen the locks (the upper two of which have been replaced with sluices, making it more difficult), but Geldeston is to be restored as a historic feature – and hopefully a place to moor the unique preserved wherry (sailing barge) Albion, which traded on the Waveney in the early 20th Century.

Waterway news

Aston Nature Reserve

Work to bring the Montgomery Canal back into use as a navigation must also protect habitats

Burslem Branch Canal Conservation Area

The Trent & Mersey Canal Conservation Area now includes Burslem Branch Canal.

Crown Wharf

The site on the Trent & Mersey Canal in Stone will have a development good for heritage and the community, thanks to our lobbying.

Aberdulais Aqueduct

Aberdulais Aqueduct is a Grade II* listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument at risk from the effects of climate change.

Hammersmith Bridge

Hammersmith Bridge, an iconic heritage structure, is at risk from disagreements over funding and climate change.