Is actually a residential development and an example of a high density, urban design of the 1970s.

The development is located in the Colegate area at the centre of Norwich, Norfolk, bounded on one side by the River Wensum and by a park and two notable bridges to the east and west. Several historic churches surround the site creating an attractive and varied landscape.

Near the Ribs of Beef pub and behind the Mischief pub, this is an excellent urban launch spot right in the centre of the Historic city of Norwich.


There is an excellent slip way and steps direct into the River Wensum. 

Friars Quay


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Nesteled behind the Friars Quay Residential development on the River Wensum. Opposite the Ribs of Beef pub and behind the Mischief Pub. You can also access this awesome launch spot by walking from the Playhouse theatre along the River towards the cathedral.

There are a couple of options regarding parking near the park however we also advise that all visitors should check restrictions upon arrival.

Colegate Carpark

 Golden Dog Lane, NR3 1HS

Just off Magdalen Street in Norwich, you can then walk approx 200m to the launch spot. Parking details and tariffs can be found here.

St Andrews Carpark

Duke Street, NR3 3AT

This city centre multi story carpark is further away than Colegate but an option none the less. 


There is a great guide here on how to inflate the board – Click here 

You can easily inflate your board in Colegate Carpark or wheel the board throuhg to the launch sport to inflate there

2 Options with this launch spot

Slipway –  Quite a steep slipway into the River so go careful 

Steps ( my preferred option ) easy to place the board in the river however you will need to make sure the fins are clear to move away from the edge,

N.B both these options can get slippy in wet weather so go careful. 


Located close to the centre of Norwich there are many different options available, however below we have listed some of our favourites.


The Ribs of Beef –  A Real Ale pub by the river, also serves food and other awesome beverages. –  a perfect place for a riverside lunch. 

The Playhouse –  A great location also on the river ( a little further up than the Launch spot and no view of the river) but a super awesome slightly quirky space for a drink or 2. 

The Edith Cavell-   Tombland is the very heart of Norwich, and is home to ‘Prime’ at the Edith Cavell, an awesome black rock steak house. 

Cafe/Coffee Shop

Merchants House is your closest coffee shop serving barista Style coffee and refreshments. Catch up on work. Catch up with friends. Catch Pokemon. Bring a book, a sketchbook, yarn, a game, D&D, a dog, a Deliveroo. Enjoy good tunes, live music and pop-up events in their medieval courtyard.

Fika Norwich – a small lovely little coffee house also very near by . Fika, a Swedish word basically meaning to take time out of the day to spend with friends, have a coffee (or tea!) and a little something to eat.

Erpingham House – A plant based cafe/coffee shop and restaurant in the heart of Tombland.


There are no toilets at this launch spot but there are local pubs and coffee shops with restrooms if needed. 

What3Words is a GREAT app to help you find places but also for your safety. We would encourage anyone to download the App incase of emergency in order to let emergency services know of your location.


A great sun spot –  worth just relaxing in the sun after a paddle to let the boards dry off 🙂

Heading West

Paddle west up the river wensum towards Hellesdon Mill. 

This is an upstream paddle taking you away from the city out towards the Marriotts Way  where you can see an abundance of wildlife. from otters, kingfishers, fish, Swans and ducks. the start of the paddle takes you past the Arts College and around to New Mills where you will need to get out and cross approx 100m before getting back in to carry on your adventure.  You will then make your way up the River Wensum towards Wensum Park and then onto Hellesdon Mill. As you get past Anderson Meadow it becomes mainly sheltered  with a range of trees and river bank vegetation covering a majority of the route. This also helps you to not be on-looked by other people if you are feeling a little nervous. There are a couple of bridges to go under and some areas where the trees hangover the river, so keep an eye out. My advise ( from personal experience) try not to hold onto the trees as you go along. The trees are well routed and will keep you there while your board keeps moving forward, usually causing you to fall in.

Heading East

Paddling west will take you through the fine city of Norwich giving you the chance to see the incredible architecture and sites the city has to offer from a different view point. First Paddling under Fye Bridge will take you along Quayside, a popular photograph spot in Norwich. You can get quite a few onlookers here who will love to way, look and talk and take pictures. Smile for them ha 🙂 Its a lovely area of the city which will then wind around past The Old Jarrolds Print works around to Cow tower and then Norwich Railway station out towards Whitlingham. There are also a few pubs you can stop off on your way as well if you need refreshment.

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