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Ebridge Mill, North Walsham & Dilham Canal

Accessible for portable and trailable craft

Silver Propeller Challenge


North Walsham

Visit Ebridge Mill on the North Walsham & Dilham Canal by boat or canoe.

It has been chosen as a Silver Propeller Location to encourage boats to visit the isolated restored section of the canal.  A photo of your canoe or other craft in the vicinity of Ebridge Mill, or a photo of yourself on board the trip boat, will be good proof of your visit.

Complete our challenge by visiting 20 locations from our list, you will receive our exclusive plaque and goody bag.


About the North Walsham & Dilham Canal

The rivers and lakes that form the Norfolk & Suffolk Broads have no locks, with the exception of the linking lock into the North Sea in Lowestoft.  The North Walsham & Dilham Canal opened in 1826, following the River Ant that flows into Barton Broad joining it at Wayford Bridge.  The canal runs for nearly nine miles to Antingham Ponds near North Walsham with six locks to take 20-ton 50ft Norfolk wherries.  Surplus water provided power for mills beside the lower locks causing friction between the mill owners and wherrymen.  The canal was moderately successful and was sold to a local miller, Edward Press in 1886, who pioneered pleasure boating.  Five converted wherries were hired out to holidaymakers from Ebridge.  Trade and the state of the canal both continued to decline, with the last cargo-carrying trip in 1934 made by the wherry Ella.

Restoration started in 2001 with regular working parties by the East Anglian Waterways Association.  The North Walsham & Dilham Canal Trust was set up in 2008 to further progress restoration.  Two sections are currently navigable; the bottom two-mile stretch up to Honing Lock and the isolated pound between Ebridge Mill Lock and Bacton Wood Lock.

[Photo: wild swimmers appreciate the restored sections of Canal, here just upstream of Ebridge Mill  –  photo from North Walsham & Dilham Canal Trust]

Notes for Visitors


Postcode: NR28 9QG

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Bring your own Boat

This is the Silver Propeller Location that is accessible by craft that can be launched over the bank (motorised vessels are allowed).  There is no charge for visiting canoeists and those with small boats, but access to the waterway is over private land, so please be respectful during your visit.  To qualify for the award, boaters need to travel the full length from Bacton Wood Lock (Spa Common) to Ebridge Millpond by water.  Boaters intending to visit are requested to notify the Trust by e-mailing the Secretary at [email protected]

Trip Boats

Boat trips are available on the North Walsham & Dilham Canal Trust’s solar powered boat Ella II, which is based in the mill pond beside Ebridge Mill and lock.

Challenge Location

Ebridge Mill

North Walsham and Dilham Canal

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