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River Waveney

The River Waveney was once navigable from Bungay to its junction with the River Yare at the west end of Breydon Water, but is now only navigable as far as the disused Geldeston Lock.  Portable craft can still use the pounds between the disused locks to Bungay.

Map showing the River Waveney

Facts & Stats

21.6 miles

(34.8 km)

The length of currently navigable river, from Geldeston Lock to the Yare.

3 locks

The locks at Wainford, Ellingham and Geldeston are all disused, and there are no plans to re-open them.


Date the three locks were formally closed to navigation, although they were disused long before this.

Waterway underfunding

Hundreds of miles of waterways – along with their unique heritage and habitats – are currently starved of funding and rely on constant lobbying by us to safeguard their future.

Sustainable Boating

We want boating on canals and rivers to be more sustainable and – even though the current overall contribution to UK carbon emissions is very small – we want to help reduce emissions on the waterways.

Waterways Heritage at Risk

Britain’s canals and rivers are a unique, living heritage. But that heritage is at risk – from urban development, lack of protection, loss of skills and knowledge and climate change.

You can help Save Waterways Heritage.

Waterway restoration

Restoring the UK’s blue infrastructure – our inherited network of navigable canals and rivers – is good for people and places.