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Canoeing in the heart of Norfolk, exploring the river Wensum by canoe

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More and more people in the UK are taking up canoeing each year. According to British Canoeing, there are now over 300,000 households in the UK who have taken up canoeing. People of all ages and abilities are canoeing as a leisure activity.

The River Wensum is one of the most beautiful rivers in Norwich. Winding through the stunning Norfolk countryside, the river starts near Fakenham and meanders through the county, running right through the centre of Norwich, before joining with the River Yare.

The Ringland Swan is nestled in the lovely Norfolk Wensum Valley, close to the Wensum and is a prime stop for canoeists, walkers and fisherman alike.  

While the popularity of canoeing is increasing, many people new to the sport don’t realise you need a licence to canoe on most waterways in the UK. Donna Littleboy, owner of The Ringland Swan, is a license administrator able to provide enthusiastic canoeists with a licence to launch their canoe from Ringland and paddle on the Wensum.

The permits can be obtained by popping into the pub and completing the form or Donna can send you a form in the post. Alternatively, visit the Ringland Parish Council website and download a form. The licence permit gives you 12 months’ access to the river for just £5.

So, if you plan to paddle along the Wensum don’t forget to call into the Ringland Swan. Being by the river, allows adventurers to not only enjoy hearty food from our modern pub but to also enjoy the views we have to offer. Whether you want to go for a leisurely canoe down the river with the family or if there’s a large group of you, The Ringland Swan is the perfect place to stop off for a spot to eat or for refreshments.

Whether you’re a beginner thinking about taking up canoeing, or part of a canoeing club, the Wensum is a wonderful place to come and explore the best Norfolk has to offer.

To book a table at The Ringland Swan or to find out more about the permits, please call us on 01603 868214.

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Just What I Fancied

Lovely friendly face behind the bar, the pub has heaps of character. I like sitting outside it in the summer, the Ringland river is great for kids too.

SmartDamo (on Tripadvisor)

First Class

All of the meals were tasty and we'll presented. Portion size was great. The service was attentive and we never felt rushed as we stayed nearly three hours.

Angela N

Brilliant Meal!

We both had burger and chips and if 'Carlsberg' made burgers, so to speak, they real we're the best burgers we have ever had!!! (and the chips) The coffee was delicious as was the biscuit served with it and even the bill came with a little mint to top it of, perfectly.

Angela D

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