Guide to Canoeing & Kayaking the Rivers & Broads in Norfolk & Suffolk
Undoubtedly one of, if not, the most beautiful paddling river in Norfolk. Starting high above Fakenham the River Wensum winds its way through beautiful unspoiled Norfolk Countryside.
The top sections from Fakenham down are more suited to the experienced paddler as regularly trees block the river or convoluted portages are required to bypass the many mills on route.
The Wensum is the only river in Norfolk to hold barbel and a good head of trout which unfortunately makes it an angling paradise this has and continues to cause friction between paddlers and fishermen. The lower section are more often paddled with the section from Attlebridge down being quite popular despite a 400yd portage in the middle! It is worth contacting either the river access officer or TheCanoeMan prior to paddling this stretch to get an up to date picture.
The river continues to meander through open farmland working its way closer and closer to Norwich. The head of the navigation is at New Mills Yard where a portage is required through a housing estate! After this the river runs right through the centre of the city (which makes for a very pretty night time paddle) before joining the Yare.