North Walsham & Dilham Canal Trust
The North Walsham & Dilham Canal Trust is a not-for-profit organisation working, in co-operation with landowners, to restore your local canal. The North Walsham and Dilham Canal runs for nearly nine miles from Antingham (north west of North Walsham) to Wayford bridge (west of Stalham) and is the only locked wherry sailing canal in all of Norfolk. It was first opened in 1826 and fell into disuse in the mid 90s. The North Walsham & Dilham Canal Trust is made up solely of volunteers and has been working since 2008 to restore this historic local waterway for the enjoyment of our community and the benefit of resident wildlife.
On its 10th anniversary, the Trust was recognised as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, Charity No. 1180474
Please visit our website nwdct.org for more information
History & Wildlife Boat Tours
The North Walsham & Dilham Canal Trust offers visitor boat trips on the canal, taking passengers from Ebridge Mill (on the Happisburgh Road) upstream to Spa Common and Bacton Lock. Boat tours offer an exciting insight into the history of the canal and an opportunity to see wildlife from the water.
More information can be found here and the map for the boat trip meeting point at Ebridge is available here.
Support the North Walsham & Dilham Canal Trust
The North Walsham & Dilham Canal Trust is made up solely of volunteers and more assistance is always needed and appreciated. Join our 'green gym' and make new friends – all volunteers are welcomed with open arms. We have volunteers of all ages and no previous experience or qualifications are required.
You can also support our work by becoming a member of the Trust. Details of how to join and the subscription cost is available here. All membership fees go towards the upkeep of the canal.
Our new membership app is available HERE.
Stay in touch and share your news
- 'Like' our Facebook page to stay up to date with the latest news and information.
- Join our Facebook group to share your own pictures and stories of your canal experience.
- Follow us on Instagram for inspiring images of our restoration work and photographs of the canal through the seasons.
- Follow us on Twitter for updates on our work across the North Walsham and Dilham Canal.
Public paths and rights of way
Although the North Walsham and Dilham Canal is privately owned by three companies and one family, the section from Swaffield to Ebridge Mill, owned by the Old Canal Company, allows visitors and residents to enjoy the canal via a network of permissive paths and two public footpath routes. It should be noted that permissive paths are not a public footpaths and do not constitute a long-term public right of way.
All activites on or along the North Walsham and Dilham Canal are taken at your own risk.
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