Norwich Circumnavigation


  • Start 11th November 2018 08:45
  • End 11th November 2018 18:30
  • Type Local Paddle
  • Organiser Tim Wilby
  • Sign Up 17th October 09:00 - 8th November 2018 17:00
Please note that times and locations may be subject to change.


Sunday 11th November 2018.

Why not enjoy the start of winter by undertaking the circumnavigation of Norwich?

How far? This is one of our longer trips and is not suitable for beginners so you need to be around 2* level in canoe or kayak, a strong paddler able to make good progress. The total circuit is about 15 miles , including one portage of 1.5 miles. There are also 5 other shorter portages, including one at New Mills, so if you can get hold of wheels for your boat (canoe or kayak) you will appreciate them by the end of the trip! Canoeists may benefit by doubling up and paddling tandem , although when we come upon any shallow stretches as you take more depth you may have to get out more often, getting wet feet! If you want a tandem paddle partner try to sort it out on club night - Wed 7th November 2018.

Start and finish at Eagle Canoe Centre Because of the length of the trip we will start from the centre at 0900 hrs . So whether you need to sort out club gear or get your own off the car, please try to be there by 0845 hrs. Finishing time will depend upon paddlers abilities (speed) , river conditions (weed, trees etc.) time spend on portages, lunches etc. but we will hope to get back to the Centre by 1700 hrs. I'd suggest you check over any club boats / gear you are thinking of using ahead of the day.

The trip We start paddling upstream from the club towards Hellesdon . We get out before the railway bridge and portage over Dereham Road towards Bowthorpe and relaunch on the Yare upstream from Earlham Park. That’s the mile and half walk done! We then paddle down the Yare and portage Cringleford, Keswick, Lakenham and Trowse Mills before reaching the Wensum again at Thorpe, where we paddle up through Norwich to New Mills and home!

What do you need? 1. You need to be able to paddle this distance and have the physical ability to easily get in / out of the boat in a variety of situations , the dexterity to get thro, round and sometimes clamber over tree trunks and branches in and across the river. 2. A suitable boat for paddling longer trips (shorter play boats are not recommended for this trip) 3. Your normal paddling kit, paddle, B/aid, Cag, deck, kneelers for canoes, portage trolley or other wheels 4. Food and drink for a long days paddle , we will make lots of stops , especially for the portages, so plenty of opportunities for snacks, etc. Hot drinks will be useful at this time of year. 5. Suitable paddling clothing, water/wind proofs and spare clothing for the day. Check the forecast before heading out. Will the weather change before we finish paddling? Do you need warm hat and gloves? 6. Spare clothing to leave behind at the club for the end pf the trip 7. Phone (and a number to ring) for a lift home from the club? 8. Any medical kit you may need during the day 9. Waterproof containers, dry bags etc. for all this kit 10. Someone to paddle with? If you would prefer to paddle double in a canoe please get it sorted before turning up on the day. 11. Old hands might like to bring bush saws, pruners to help get through any undergrowth we encounter! Hand tools only please .

Preparing for the paddle Ask an instructor well before the date if you're not sure if the trip is for you. Its a longer distance and physically more tiring than many of our trips. See above. I would also suggest checking out any club boats, equipment such as trolleys you intend to use in advance. There is a club night on Wednesday 7th November. .

Please let me know if you’re interested in coming by using the online sign up facility . I reserve the right to say I do not think the trip is for you at this time. Please check online- for any update / ring me on the Saturday evening, 10th November, around 1800 hrs if you’re thinking of coming , so I can let you know if anything’s changed or cancelled. In the event of a bad weather forecast I may postpone this trip as I want paddlers to enjoy, rather than endure this paddle.

Tim Wilby Telephone 01603 434543



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