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Beccles and Bungay

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Beccles and Bungay are towns in Suffolk.


Bungay, Bigod's Castle
Beccles Town Sign

Beccles and Bungay are market towns on the River Waveney in Suffolk 5 miles (8 km) apart on the southern edge of the Norfolk Broads. They are rural towns catering primarily to the local populations rather than tourists.

In Bungay one Sunday during a church service in 1577 during thunderstorms a black hellhound apparition appeared and attacked members of the congregation. Today this dog is included in the town's coat of arms and the "Black Dog" name can be seen cropping up around the town. The dog has been linked to the Black Shuck - a dog renowned for hunting the coasts of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex (and featured in a song by the rock group The Darkness).

Get in[edit]

By road[edit]

The A146 Lowestoft to Norwich main road runs through Beccles. The A143 Great Yarmouth to Harleston and Diss and on to Bury St Edmunds runs through both towns.

By train[edit]

By bicycle[edit]

Regional Cycle Route 30 runs through both towns through Diss & Thetford to the W and to Lowestoft to the E. In Beccles route 30 connects with National Cycle Route 1 (Shetland to Dover via Norwich & Ipswich) as well as Regional Cycle Route 31 (Reedham to Southwold).

On foot[edit]

The Angles Way long distance footpath (93 miles) Great Yarmouth to Thetford runs through both Bungay & Beccles.

Get around[edit]

Map of Beccles and Bungay

Both towns are small enough to see on foot, though they are 5 miles apart.


Bungay Buttercross
St Michael's Church, Beccles
Flixton Road Mill, Bungay


Boat and canoe hire[edit]

  • 7 Outney Meadow Caravan Park (Canoe Hire), Outney Meadow, Bungay NR35 1 HG, +44 1986 892338, . Canadian canoe: £24/half day, £35/day.
  • 8 Rowan Craft Ltd, Wherry Dyke, Geldeston, Beccles, NR34 0LY (5½ miles E of Bungay, 3 miles W of Beccles), +44 1508 518208. 8:30AM–1PM, 2–5PM. Boat hire: 3 hr £50, 6 hr £80; canoe hire: 3 hr £23, 6 hr £35; two-and three-person canoes available.
  • 9 Hipperson (Dayboat Hire), Gillingham Dam, Beccles NR34 0EB, +44 1502 712166, . Summer: M-F 8:30AM-5PM, Sa 8:30AM-5PM, Su 9AM-5PM; Winter: M-F 8:30AM-5PM, Sa 9AM-1PM. £19 per hr.


  • 1 Bungay Market (, Buttercross, Market Place Bungay NR35 1AR. Th 7AM-.
  • 2 Tesco (Supermarket), George Westwood Way, Beccles NR34 9QH, +44 345 677 9870. M-Sa 6AM-midnight, Su 10AM-4PM.
  • 3 Co-op (Convenience Store), Rigbourne Hill, Swines Green, Beccles NR34 9JF, +44 1502 711156. M-Sa 6AM-10PM, Su 7:30AM-10PM. ATM
  • 4 Co-op (Convenience Store), Hillside Rd East, Bungay NR35 1RX, +44 1986 895738. M-F 8AM-10PM, Sa 8AM-8PM, Su 10AM-4PM. ATMs. Petrol station (different hours).




Bridge Street, Bungay


  • 1 Beccles Post Office, WH Smith, 9 Newmarket Place, Beccles NR34 9HQ. M-F 8:30AM-5:30PM, Sa 9AM-12:30PM, Su 10AM-2PM.
  • 2 Bungay Post Office, 38 St Mary St, Bungay NR35 1AX. M-Sa 6AM-6PM, Su 7AM-1PM.

Go next[edit]

This city travel guide to Beccles and Bungay is a usable article. It has information on how to get there and on restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.

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