A trip up-river on Big Dog Ferry
This is a fun day out and you can be as sporty – or as lazy - as you like. You can combine the boat trip with river swimming and if you have just booked a single ticket it’s a fabulous walk back along the river with lots to see on the way. And of course you might need to walk off a great lunch at the pub, now community-owned and a friendly place with good food and lots going on.
45’ trip up-river to The Locks Inn at Geldeston
Pub lunch or picnic
Optional walk back mainly by the riverside or The Angles Way (allow 90 minutes) or return boat trip to Beccles
Book ahead on the ferry (especially if you want to take bikes) - timetables and booking Big Dog Ferry
Our favourite day out is to bike through the quiet lanes to Beccles, maybe picking up a treat from Baileys Deli, before heading down to the little 12-seater ferry which runs back and forth to The Locks Inn. If you don’t know Beccles, it’s a Georgian market town, the gateway to the Southern Broads on the River Waveney and well worth an explore; there is a lovely detour via the church and down Puddingmoor, with views over the river.
The ferry ride is 45 mins up-river; look out for kingfishers as well as reed warblers – we are yet to spot an otter! If we are feeling brave, a swim in the river (the best access is from the far side of the footbridge) - that is, if Nick is feeling brave, as it is the highlight of the day for Kim! Then lunch at The Locks Inn, a slightly mysterious pub that still gets cut off by road in winter! The pub is in a great setting with a large beer garden, serving amazing local beers and ciders and good pub food. If we fancy, there is a lovely walk back to Beccles along the riverside, with plenty of bird spotting on the way (you will need to head in to Geldeston village, and down the footpath near the Wherry Inn that takes you past the Rowancraft canoe hire and back down to the river).
Alternatively you could take the little footbridge over the river and follow The Angles Way on the opposite side of the river for a walk through the fields.
Otherwise enjoy the boat trip back.
PS: if you have taken your bikes on the boat, you can follow the beautifully quiet lanes back through “The Saints” – just don’t get lost!