Astride the boundary between Suffolk and Norfolk, beautiful Beccles on the meandering Angles Way is one of the many quiet pleasures of the Norfolk Broads and East Anglia.
From here you have access to two very different stretches of coastline; the strikingly, hauntingly desolate Suffolk heritage coast juxtaposed with the brightly coloured beach huts and fishing boats of Southwold and Aldeburgh, and the more traditional bucket and spade, cockles and candy floss resorts of Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. Norwich offers a castle and cathedral, art galleries and theatres, a covered market and interesting boutique shops lining the cobbled lanes. By contrast, Beccles, on the tranquil River Waveney, offers an escape from the hordes and access to an idyllic part of the Broads, evocative of the abandonment of childhood and of seemingly endless, sunlit days of uninhibited adventure.
One of the town’s most historical landmarks is the Bell Tower, which stands detached from the main church and offers spectacular views across the surrounding countryside. The Bell Tower is open for guided tours at certain times of the year.
The town’s quayside area is just 5 minutes’ walk away is very popular with water users, walkers, families, and wildlife enthusiasts.
One of the best ways to explore the River Waveney and its surrounding countryside is by boat. The Big Dog Ferry is a relaxing 3 mile boat journey with an amazing opportunity to enjoy the wildlife en-route. Disembark at ‘The Lock’s Inn’ or stay on and enjoy a round trip. For the more energetic visitors, book a one way trip and walk back on the delightful riverside footpaths.