How to get here

How to get here

Getting to The Locks

Getting to The Locks can sometimes be a challenge, particularly in the winter or on a busy summer day, but you will always find getting here all the more worth it. Our recommendation is to walk through the wonderful Waveney valley, or take a river trip from Beccles by the Big Dog Ferry.

In the winter the car park and track can be flooded, but is usually passable. For an unforgettable experience, put on your wellies or bring your 4X4 and navigate the track through the tranquil flooded marshes to be greeted with a warm welcome, a cosy fire, and wonderful views.

By car

Drive to the Locks via Geldeston village. The postcode NR34 0HS takes you to Geldeston and the beginning of the track. Park in the village or drive down the country track to park at the pub, or in the Broads Authority car park. Go carefully to avoid walkers and to save your car’s suspension.

On a sunny weekend in the summer, The Locks can be very busy, and with only limited parking, be prepared to park in the village and walk the track, or better still bike or come by boat.

By foot

There is no better pint than one you’ve earned by walking to The Locks. The Waveney Valley is a ramblers paradise, and you can walk from Beccles through Suffolk, crossing Shipmeadow to reach the Locks, or follow the Norfolk side of the river into Geldeston and down the bumpy track.

Our personal recommendation is to camp at one of the nearby campsites and walk from there. You will find the Three Rivers Campsite in Geldeston is the closest.

By boat

The Locks marks the end of the Waveney’s navigable stretch, so makes for a peaceful boating experience. There are 24 hour moorings for hire boats and overnighters, and canoes and paddle boards are commonplace.

For an amazing day out, book a trip on the Big Dog Ferry from Beccles. It’s a 45 minute journey along the peaceful River Waveney, and you will also get a 10% discount on food at The Locks.