Ales of the riverbank: a pub crawl of Norwich by canoe

August 3, 2016

Norwich has dozens of ancient churches, a network of peaceful waterways and a pub for every day of the year. So where better to combine sightseeing and paddling from pub to pub?

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We’ve had many elegant moments, but this is not one. Charlie lowers herself into the canoe first – an unsteady and unfamiliar combination of retro, crimson lifejacket, oversized designer handbag and wooden paddle. I’m next. Map in one hand, anorak in the other, I ease myself down to the bench as Nick gently pushes us away from the bank.

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“Is there a technique to this?” I call out to him. “Ah, you’ll find your own way,” he replies, as we drift towards the middle of the river Wensum. We’re yet to sink our first pint.

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