River Wensum Facts and Information

Here are some facts about the River Wensum in Norfolk.

  • The River Wensum is a tributary of the River Yare (even though the Yare is larger than the Wensum).
  • The river passes by Carrow Road (Norwich City FC’s stadium). One end of the ground was once named The River End.
  • The name Wensum comes from the Old English for winding.
  • The Wensum’s source is in northwest Nofolk, close to the villages of Colkirk and Whissonsett.
  • It flows through several towns and villages, including: Sculthorpe, Fakenham, Great Ryburgh and Norwich.
  • There are lots of water mills on the River Wensum, including: Hempton Mill, Guist Mill, Bintry Mill, Lyng Mill and Hellesdon Mill.
  • The Wensum has three tributaries – River Tat, River Tud and River Ainse.
  • The River Wensum is a chalk river and it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
  • Its lower sections form part of the Norfolk Broads.
  • The River Wensum is approximately 75km long.
  • The river is popular among anglers for its barbel, chub and brown trout.
  • Several bridges in Norwich span the River Wensum, including: Bishop Bridge (dating from 1345), Foundry Bridge, Carrow Bridge, and Whitefriars Bridge.
  • The River Wensum joins the River Yare at Whitlingham.

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