A brand new comprehensive guide to the River Waveney is being published this month.
‘Discover the River Waveney’ is the first guide book to cover the entire length of the river, from its source by Redgrave and Lopham Fen to where it joins the Broads and heads out to sea via Breydon Water.
The guide, which will be available free of charge, is published by the River Waveney Trust, which was set up in 2012 to help maintain the river and ensure it remains as accessible as possible for the enjoyment of local residents and tourists both now and for future generations.
An event to launch the guide was held on Wednesday 17 April at Homersfield Bridge, next to the Black Swan pub and beside the location of one of the popular Waveney Pocket Park projects. Supported by key members of the Trust, as well as leading figures with an interest in the economic future of the Waveney Valley.
Geoff Doggett, chairman of the River Waveney Trust said: “The aim of the guide is not only to tell as many people as possible about this great part of our landscape, but also to help locals and visitors alike explore the full length of the river.”
‘Discover the River Waveney’ is a 36 page booklet divided into manageable sections with information on places to visit, wildlife to see, food and drink locations close to the river and some of its fascinating history. There are maps throughout with footpaths, key features, transport links and attractions as well as advice on how to get the most out the area whether you are a walker, cyclist, sailor or fisherman.
“Many parts of the Waveney are well-known to locals in their particular area,” says Geoff Doggett.
“But one thing which has interested us since forming the Trust is how little some people have explored other parts of the same river. We hope this guide will help them love and treasure it from source to sea.”
15,000 copies of ‘Discover the River Waveney’ have been printed and will be distributed across Norfolk, Suffolk and the wider eastern region. The guide will be made available in Tourist Information Centres, libraries, museums, council offices, hotels, B&Bs, pubs, restaurants and shops that surround the river.
A digital flipbook version of the guide is also be available online at www.riverwaveneytrust.org.
Funding for ‘Discover the River Waveney’ has come from a grant made by the Waveney Local Action Group, supported by DEFRA, and the guide was produced by design and PR agency Splice Creative, based in Diss.
- The River Waveney Association was formed in March 2012 and had 300 people join as members in its first nine months. It became a registered charity in November 2012 and is now known as the River Waveney Trust. The aims of River Waveney Trust and its Members’ Association are to ensure the river, its tributaries and its surroundings are maintained and made as accessible as possible for the enjoyment of local residents and the public at large now and for future generations.
- The Trust currently manages two small pockets of land adjacent to the River Waveney at Scole Bridge and Homersfield Bridge. At these Pocket Parks you can park and enjoy a picnic, launch a canoe, fish or walk the dog. In the future, the River Waveney Trust plans to have a number of Pocket Parks stretching the length of the River Waveney so we can all enjoy and access the river more easily.
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