River Ant

River Ant

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River Licensing Information

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Broads Authority

A beautiful river for a spot of paddling, the River Ant is a 17 mile long stretch of serene waters.

Formerly known as the River Smale, the River Ant has been in use from as far up as Antingham Bone Mill since the early 1800’s.

The canal, which stretched from the Bone Mill to Dilham, was originally built so the river could be navigable further upstream from Dilham. There, the river was already wide and deep enough for small cargo boats.

What to see on the River Ant

The river gives you access to several of the popular Broads. These include the wooded marsh area known as Dilham Broad, as well as Barton Broad which is popular with sailing boats.

You can also explore Turf Fen Mill, a picturesque mill popular with artists; they sit along the river bank painting this picturesque spot. The mill is now only accessible by boat and was originally built to drain one of the marshes.

The River Ant gives you plenty of options for places to explore along the Norfolk Broads. You won’t be short for things to see or do along the stretch.