Andy Verney: The Waveney is Roger Deakin's river. It meanders through gentle pastures. This stretch takes you from the limit of navigation upstream to Ellingham Weir. The current is very slight, and the water gentle and while there are occasional canoeists, generally this is a very quiet stretch of water.
In the summer lads leap from the bridge into the water, yet rarely swim, content with their acrobatic diving prowess, showing off to the girls.
Easiest access achieved by walking over bridge towards bench and entering into shallow water. If swimming for 1 hour, average current means 35 mins out, 25 mins back. You can plan a long swim from Wainford mill downstream all way to Geldestone, (needs 2 cars), exiting at Ellingham to avoid weir, and back in over road. Approximately two hours to Ellingham and back.
The Geldestone Locks pub is as remote as they come and camaraderie is shared by all that frequent here as it is such a hidden treasure. Music on Thursday nights and Sunday lunch-times add to the atmosphere and it is worth planning your swim to coincide with this. The bar staff are very welcoming and will hold keys behind bar while you swim if promise to return for refreshment afterwards.Park at pub OK if refreshments taken afterwards, or back 400 yds at car park on rough track
Very occasional angler or canoeist. Some swans (but much less than Ellingham further upstream), and water deep enough to mostly allow swimming without interference from weeds. You need to exit before Ellingham weir if you swim distance.