Hipperson’s

Hipperson's offers self-drive boats for day visitors, as well as houseboats for longer stays

Spend the day out on the River Waveney, with a boat from Hipperson’s, at Gillingham Dam, near Beccles.

The business, which is owned by Simon and Mary Sparrow, offers self-drive boats for day visitors, as well as houseboats for longer stays. The houseboats are fully equipped: each one has its own dinghy and fishing is available in season.

“This is a great location for exploring the River Waveney,” Simon explains. “The lovely town of Beccles is close by, with a great variety of cafés, restaurants and shops, and the day boats are a good way to explore the river, both up and downstream. The town itself is just five or 10 minutes’ walk from the yard, yet our setting feels quite rural and peaceful.”

The boats are electric and therefore quiet and easy to drive, making spotting wildlife easier.

Various birds can be seen, including herons, kingfishers, marsh harriers, ducks and swans.

“There are otters and water voles too – in fact, we have regular visits from otters in our mooring basin. Upstream, the river is quieter and there is a choice of two pubs to visit for refreshment. Downstream, it is more open and there is plenty to see on the trip down. The Waveney River Centre provides a great destination for lunch, or the more adventurous can explore Oulton Broad or venture as far as Somerleyton,” he adds.

“Hipperson’s has been a family-run business for over 70 years now – and we are carrying on that tradition – my retired father is now the gardener!”

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For more information on Hipperson’s call 01502 712166 or visit www.hippersons.co.uk

Photography by Toni Harrison