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steve
May-15-2012 @ 4:26 PM                           Permalink
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hi all,
"Tourism in Norwich could see a boost this summer with plans to introduce punting trips along the River Wensum."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-18069220
http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/plan_to_bring_punting_to_norwich_s_river_wensum_1_1377266
steve and vicky

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We have cruised to the head of navigation on several occasions on this section.
I wonder if boats will still be allowed to travel on this section, as hirecraft are not.

The fact that the punts will be crewed and not self drive like most in Cambridge makes more sense when mixing with boat traffic.

I think it will open up this section of the river which should encourage visitors to the area.

The water on this section is very clear, some weed and around 3-4 feet deep in places.
There are quite a few properties that are protected by a very high wall with access to the river by a long ladder, so I am not sure if there are any mooring rights on this section.
The head of navigation is a weir at a mill race, which if lit at night would be quite a feature.
There could be an opportunity for a riverside bar as well.

best regards, Richard.
I can't wait to be back on our boat on
the Broads.


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"I wonder if boats will still be allowed to travel on this section, as hirecraft are not. "

I haven't been able to find anything in the Navigation Byelaws that prohibits hire craft from progressing beyond Bishop Bridge. Is it simply an agreement with the hire companies? Bishop Bridge is narrow and low and there are six more bridges before the head of the navigation is reached. I can imagine all sorts of problems if hire boats were allowed up there.


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