5 of the best places to kayak and canoe in Norwich

Clubs competing in a mixed relay on Whitlingham Broad. Photo: Steve Adams

There are plenty of places to kayak and canoe in Norwich

Heading out on the water is a great thing to do on a sunny day – and there are plenty of places to kayak and canoe in and around Norwich.

If you're looking to explore the waterways around the city, here are five places to start your journey.

1. The CanoeMan

Mark Wilkinson (the Canoeman) with his dog Mr Darcy.

The CanoeMan Mark Wilkinson with his dog Mr Darcy - Credit: Archant

Where: Opposite train station on Riverside Rd, Norwich, NR1 1EE

When: Launches begin at 9am and end at 5pm

With locations across the county, CanoeMan offers a range of ways to kayak and canoe in Norwich, from solo trips to guided tours.

The trail begins in Riverside with the option to go either up or downstream.

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For a single kayak it is £20 for two hours, £25 for three hours and £40 for six hours.

There are also larger kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards available.

2. Whitlingham Adventure

Where: Whitlingham Ln, Norwich, NR14 8TR

When: Weekends 11am to 4pm

Based at Whitlingham Broad, this centre offers all sorts of land and water-based activities.

There are single kayaks, £15 per hour, and double kayaks, £20 per hour, as well as canoes and paddleboards.

There are also courses available for first-timers and the Flint Cafe offers breakfast and lunch as well as homemade cake.

3. Pub and Paddle

Nick Hanington (pictured ) has launched a new canoe hire business called Pub and Paddle. Taking to t

Nick Hanington, owner of Pub and Paddle, a Norwich canoe hire business - Credit: Steve Adams

Where: Quay next to the Ribs of Beef, 24 Elm Hill, Wensum St, Norwich, NR3 1HY

When: Launches begin at 10am and end at 12pm 

This experience is fun and unique, taking people on a trip through the city and past its fine pubs.

Route one to Thorpe St Andrew is a round-trip to three pubs and costs £20 for four hours. 

Route two to Bramerton, which is £25, takes five hours and route three to Surlingham, which costs £30, takes seven hours. Both are one-way.

4. Thorpe Island Boats

Where: Thorpe River Green, NR7 0HE

When: Launches begin at 9am and end at 7pm

Standard canoes, handmade Canadian canoes, picnic boats, and paddleboards are available at this company opposite the Rushcutters pub in Thorpe St Andrew.

There are two routes - one upstream for a view of the city's riverside architecture or one downstream for countryside and wildlife views. 

Prices range from £20 to £48.

5. Eagle Canoe Club

Kayaking on the Broads. Picture: Nick Butcher

There are lots of places just outside Norwich where you can see wildlife and the countryside - Credit: Nick Butcher

Where: Helford St, Norwich, NR2 4LY

When: Clubs nights every Wednesday from 6.30pm

A paddlesport club just outside of Norwich, this is a members-only club that caters to all abilities.

It runs open-to-all taster sessions and has a range of activities for members throughout the year as well as pool sessions.

Paying members can bring their own boat or can borrow from the club.