River Wensum

River Wensum

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Further Information

British Canoeing membership includes a licence to paddle River Wensum downstream of New Mills Pumping Station to Norwich.

The River Wensum is a chalk river in Norfolk which is classed as a conservation area. Many sections are also listed as sites of special scientific interest.

A tributary of the River Yare, the Wensum is the main river which the city of Norwich was built on. As such, it flows through much of the important parts of the city, including Carrow Road, home to the Canaries!

Listed as one of Norfolk tourism boards 7 natural wonders of Norfolk, the River Wensum was once home to several watermills. Some of these mills are still visible as you paddle along the more rural spots of the river.

The river is home to a variety of different wildlife and is popular with anglers. It has a flourishing stock of many types of fish including barbel, which was introduced more recently.

A lovely place for a scenic paddle, the river is a popular spot for paddlers looking to escape into the peace and quiet of the countryside.