Topic: New Inflatable kayak/launch sites - Help needed

hblouise    -- Jul-4-2018 @ 1:39 PM

Firstly, apologies if a similar post is available. I have had a browse but struggling to find anywhere that can help me with the information I am looking for.

I have just purchased a K2 challenger inflatable kayak. I live around the north Norwich area. I am hoping to be able to use my kayak frequently on the rivers in Norfolk but need a little help.

I have been on the broads several times, however this has usually been from wroxham and on a hire boat so my knowledge on the broads and routes, launching, rules etc is limited.

I am aware I need a license? I am considering becoming a member with the BCU as I believe this provides some insurance?

The main things I would like help with is where I can paddle??? Is it a case of dropping it in a river somewhere and climbing in or does it need to be a specific launch site?

Where are some good routes for fairly new paddlers to take?

Are there any places in Norwich/Norfolk where I can park up and set up my kayak and launch it for free? I live near the river Wensum so hoping that there are places nearby where I can nip down and go for a quick paddle on the odd days.

Is there anywhere I can find this out such as websites or books?

Finally, is there any important information that I need to know? i.e anywhere I am not allowed etc

Any help or information or where I can find this would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

boat-mad    -- Jul-5-2018 @ 6:20 AM
  hblouise hello and welcome.

You may find This Link to a PDF titled "Norfolk Broads Canoe and Kayak Guide" helpful.  Cheers

Kind Regards

This message was edited by boat-mad on Jul-5-18 @ 7:37 AM

Helmsman1946    -- Jul-5-2018 @ 6:48 AM
  The small slipway at the Reedham Ferry has now been de-silted and the closed sign gone though no mention on their website but worth an ask if of use to you


Sheque1    -- Jul-5-2018 @ 8:38 AM
  You also Need Broads tax,

(quote from Broads Authority page)

British Canoe Union (BCU) Members
Membership of the BCU includes usage of the Broads navigation area, at no extra cost, provided that at all times your membership sticker is displayed on the canoe and your membership card is carried with you.

Cocklegat    -- Jul-5-2018 @ 9:16 AM
  Seems like you have no need of a slipway, so can launch anywhere. You don't have to have permission to do that!!  You may need somewhere to leave the car that might limit you but apart from that the worlds your oyster.
A good place to start might be the upper Ant. Wayford Bridge or Sutton Staithe. The upper Waveney is also very  nice, try Earsham Mill.  Again the Bure above coltishall, along the old canal is another place.  Get the OS Map of the Broads and explore the possibilities.  The Broads by canoe is vast!!! you won't see it all in a lifetime!  

Paladine    -- Jul-5-2018 @ 4:22 PM
Welcome to the forum.

The BA has just completed a very nice launch site at Horstead Mill, which is proving to be very popular. You can park in the (rather small) car park next to the old mill site, launch and paddle downstream to Coltishall Green and beyond, or carry your kayak a short distance to Coltishall Lock, launch at the portage slipway and head upstream.

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)

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