Viewed from the water, the river Wensum above Bishop’s Bridge is almost unknown territory. It is still rather unusual to explore the river through Norwich from a boat. Since the day of this family expedition to do just that (more than half a century ago) it has been possible to board a river cruise at Elm Hill Quay and go down stream from Fye Bridge, but beyond that the upper reaches of the river are still virtually a mysterious waterway. In fact you can navigate all the way through the City as far as the New Mills which form a barrier between the upper and lower reaches of the river Wensum. The problem with venturing above Bishop’s Bridge is that all the major boat hirers prohibit taking their craft above this point. We got round this difficulty by hiring our launch from Nobby Clarke at Thorpe, who wasn’t so fussy.
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