Sunday, 8 March 2015

River Wensum

The River Wensum is a chalk fed river in Norfolk, and is a tributary of the River Yare despite the Wensum being the larger of  these rivers. The complete river{ like our featured river the Yorkshire Derwent } is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
The River Wensum beginings  lies between the villages of Colkirk and Whissonsett in north-west Norfolk. The river flows roughly westward  close to the 3 Raynham villages  passing Raynham Hall, home of the Marquis Townshend. The River  then turns and flows north through a few small villages until it reaches Sculthorpe, where it turns easterly through the market town of Fakenham. The river then flows in a south-easterly, passing through the Pensthorpe Nature Reserve .
The Wensum continues its journey meandering through the countryside then comes to the City of Norwich from the north-west At New Mills Yard, a former waterworks, the river becomes tidal and navigable by boat. The river then flows past Carrow road football ground and then out of the city  where it merges with the River Yare                             
More information and history of the river can be found hear. wensum Norwich
Iinteresting reading on otters on the Wensum
Fishing on the Wensum    Fakenham Angling club has waters at Willsmore and at Guist Wild brown trout and Dace are the norm. The river is small 20 feet across possibly at its widest good fly fishing from april to june small river wet fly paterns work well early on in the season with dry fly patterns as the season progresses.
There is some free fishing on the Wensom at Fakenham common at Ringland bridge Hellesdon mill pool and Norwitch city.
Dereham and district Angling club has some fishing at  Swanton Morley and at Castle Farm, Swanton Morley roach dace chub and pike are the norm. Season and day tickets are available.
Other Angling clubs are

Downham Market & District Angling Association

Acle & District Angling Club

Diss & District Angling Club

River Wensum                                                 

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