Guide to Canoeing & Kayaking the Rivers & Broads in Norfolk & Suffolk
As a canoeing river the Yare is very much a river of 2 halves - The highest point of easy entry is Bawburgh and the run down for the first couple of miles is truly jungle warfare and at the wrong time of year virtually impossible.
From Earlham church initially the river can be very shallow but quickly deepens into a very pleasant tree lined meander running behind the UEA (University of East Anglia). Next bridge in Cringleford where access/egress is easy long as you can carry the 300 meters to the small car park. From here on down the Yare become more challenging - despite a pretty river - negotiating the next three miles as Keswick, Lakesham and Trowse can prove hard work and is not for the faint-hearted.
The Yare starts to widen and soon is joined by the Wensum and suddenly turns into a very big, wide and tidal river. The final run from Whittlingham to Thorpe green is pleasant enough especially as it finishes beside the local hostelry! By this point the Yare is of no real interest to most paddlers being wide and flat and exposed there are however a couple of areas of interest and worth a visit in their own right and that is Rockland & Surlingham broads.
Beyond the Whittlingham the river becomes more tidal and is unsuitable for less experienced paddlers.