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River Waveney at Redgrave & Lopham Fen


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The river is 66 miles long. For most of its length it separates Norfolk and Suffolk.
It starts at Redgrave and Lopham Fen. This is also the source of the Little Ouse, which flows west, then north, into the Wash at Kings Lynn. The water wells up from the peat, which was originally formed when the sedges died. Peat has been dug here since the Bronze Age. The peat was used for roof ridges, cattle litter for use in winter and sedge. The Fen is now being drained and farmed. It used to be too wet and was a natural wetland. The river has been over deepened as a result of drainage.

22nd Sep 2010


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