13. Angles Way Walk
Beccles - Oulton Broad South 9½ miles
|planning your walk|
|Time:||Allow about 4 - 5 hours|
|Suggested map:||Outdoor Leisure map 40 The Broads|
|Refreshment:||Carry sufficient food and drink for the whole walk; there are no pubs or shops directly on the route (Beccles and Oulton Broad offer plenty of refreshment places)|
|Useful info:||The Swan at Barnby is about 1 mile off the route|
This walk follows part of the 'Angles Way', a waymarked regional route for long distance walkers linking the Broads at Yarmouth with the Brecks at Knettishall Heath near Thetford (guide book available).
Beccles is a lovely country town that amply repays exploration. In Northgate, look out for the plaque on the house where farmer-writer Adrian Bell once lived (see walk 12). In the same street the boldly painted 'Smith & Eastaugh' sign on a Dutch-style gable proclaims ‘Wherries constantly attend the Traders & Steam Vessels for conveying goods to and from the wharf.’ Nowadays the Waveney is alive with pleasure craft in summer but out of season the river and adjacent marshes offer glorious isolation and solitude. From the bank-top path there are ample opportunities to enjoy the panorama across Castle Marshes, a Suffolk Wildlife Trust (SWT) reserve.
Route finding - key points (numbers refer to points on the route diagrams)
- Go along Station Road to the town centre, then right by the magnificent church tower towards Old Market bus stand.
- Continue along Northgate to the Quay.
- Cross the footbridge to the play area, then go along the waterside path to the main river. Follow the riverbank path right under the bypass and continue for 6½ miles.
- Follow Angles Way waymarks sharply right off the riverbank and down steps. The path is along the field edge at the side of a reedy dyke.
- Go over stile. Keep direction towards double gates. Continue ahead.
- Beyond single gate go along the track to the car park at the SWT centre.
- Turn left through the car park and continue along the path beyond.
- Keep general direction (ignore path off to the left), following ‘Angles Way/Waveney Way’ signs on a succession of stiles giving access to small paddocks, meadows and the path through Broadland Holiday Village, eventually joining Marsh Road to Oulton Broad South station.
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© Roger Wolfe 2007 - 2012