Outney Meadow Caravan Park is an ideal base to explore East Anglia's coast and towns,
within easy walking distance of Outney Meadow Caravan Park is the centre of the historic
town of Bungay. Find us just outside Bungay. There is plenty of parking available
in our car park, follow signs and come to the reception for canoe hire.
Canoes have the advantage of being totally silent, allowing you to get closer to
wildlife whilst enjoying the beautiful landscape of the Waveney Valley, and can be
enjoyed by any age. Swans, herons and kingfishers can be seen on the river and, in
the summer beautiful damselflies, butterflies and dragonflies. Although otters are
living in the river they are not easily seen. Waveney is one of the southern most
valleys created in the last ice age, the area is widely used for quarrying sand and
shingle deposited at the time of the ice age. The Waveney is a natural river that
flows from Lopham Fenn just west of Diss to Great Yarmouth.
Easter- end of October: 9am- 6pm, 7 days a week.
Please note: 6pm is the time that the last canoe must arrive back. As the nights
draw in, the closing time may be a bit earlier.
Landmarks: Outney Common, golf course (watch out fore erroneous balls), Ditchingham
Lodge, the ‘old river’ channel, H Rider Haggard Estate - Georgian Houses
Three hour paddle
This guide is aimed to give you an enjoyable day paddling a canoe along the river
Waveney around the “Bungay Loop” from the Outney meadow Campsite upstream to the
road bridge. It is approximately 1 ½ hours from the campsite to the road bridge,
so make sure you leave enough time to get back.
Starting from the campsite, paddle upstream (left). There is a fork in the river
follow the right channel. The left channel is called the old river. It is the original
course of the river before the newer man made channel was dug to supply a mill. Shortly
there is a small channel to the right. Stay on the main river an under the small
footbridge. On this bend in the river there is often a rope swing, but we don’t recommend
you try it. The river here is close to wild woodland. Keep an eye out for kingfishers,
otters and herons. On the other side on clear day you have a really good view of
the skyline of Bungay.
The river here can be shallow. There is usually plenty of clear water and you can
easily see the bottom of the river. Here you can see the workings of the quarry,
washing and grading gravel.
Note the row of oak trees. A row like this is quite special. The debris on the fence
shows the height of the water when the river floods. This road bridge marks the end
of the route we would recommend. During the summer it can be very shallow further
Six hour paddle
Spend either the full day in the Bungay Loop, a perfect place for picnicking or head
towards Geldeston Lock.