Canadian canoes arrive in Norwich as public get chance to pedal down River Wensum

Joe Rutland who has started the Norwich Canoe Hire Company on the River Wensum. Pictured with his wi

Joe Rutland who has started the Norwich Canoe Hire Company on the River Wensum. Pictured with his wife Katherine in one of their pedal canoes.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

What do you get when you cross a bicycle with a canoe?

Joe Rutland who has started the Norwich Canoe Hire Company on the River Wensum. Pictured with his wi

Joe Rutland who has started the Norwich Canoe Hire Company on the River Wensum. Pictured with his wife Katherine in one of their pedal canoes.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

That is the question 27-year-old Joe Rutland asked when he first designed his unusual pedal-powered watercraft in 2013.

Two years later the young engineer is hoping to introduce his unique Canadian canoes to the public.

He said: 'I've always had a long interest in making bikes and I thought a pedal-powered boat would be a fun thing to have a go at.

'There are similar designs elsewhere in the Broads, but this is Norwich's first chance to have a go on one.'


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This weekend people will be able to pedal their way down the River Wensum as Mr Rutland launches his new venture.

The tandem canoes feature a central drive, wooden seating and a rudder.

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The absence of an oar means that people will have their hands free to enjoy a picnic or take a picture while travelling across the water.

Mr Rutland said he had invested around £20,000 in his new business, which is located on a small jetty near Norwich Playhouse.

As well as a selection of pedal craft, he also has normal Canadian canoes available to the public.

Norwich Canoe Hire is open this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm.

It costs £15 to hire a canoe for one hour and £20 for an hour on a pedal craft.

For more information, visit www.norwichcanoe.co.uk

Do you have an unusual business venture? Call Luke Powell on 01603 772684.

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