River Yare

River Yare

The River Yare is a river in the English county of Norfolk. In its lower reaches the river connects with the navigable waterways of The Broads.

The river rises south of Dereham in the county of Norfolk. From there it flows in a generally eastward direction passing Barnham Broom and is joined by the River Tiffey before reaching Bawburgh. It then skirts the southern fringes of the city of Norwich, passing through Colney, Cringleford, Lakenham and Trowse. At Whitlingham it is joined by the River Wensum, which flows through the centre of the city, before flowing eastward into The Broads, passing the villages of Bramerton, Surlingham, Rockland St. Mary and Cantley. Just before Reedham at Hardley Cross (erected in 1676 [ [http://www.the-plunketts.freeserve.co.uk/boundarycrosses.htm Norwich Boundary Crosses ] ] ) it is joined by the River Chet. The cross marks the ancient boundary between the City of Norwich and Borough of Great Yarmouth. Beyond Reedham the river passes the famously isolated marshland settlement of Berney Arms before entering the tidal lake of Breydon Water. Here the Yare is joined by the Rivers Bure and Waveney and finally flows into the North Sea at Gorleston, Great Yarmouth. [Ordnance Survey (2005). "OS Explorer Map OL40 - The Broads". ISBN 0-319-23769-9.] [Ordnance Survey (1999). "OS Explorer Map 237 - Norwich". ISBN 0-319-21868-6.]

The river is navigable to small coastal vessels from Norwich to the sea, and in former times carried significant commercial traffic to that city. At Reedham the river is joined by the Haddiscoe Cut, a canal which provides a direct navigable link to the River Waveney at Haddiscoe avoiding Breydon Water.

Wherryman's Way

Opened in 2005, the 35 mile long Wherryman's Way follows the route of the historic Broads trading wherries between Norwich and Great Yarmouth. It winds through existing footpaths, open marshes, reedbeds, grazing meadows and riverside villages along the banks of the River Yare. The path passes numerous information panels, sculptures and audio posts which seek to bring to life the characters and history of the route. [ [http://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/news/press-releases/2005/wander-the-wherryman-s-way.html Wander the Wherryman's Way - Broads Authority ] ]

External links

* [http://www.wherrymansway.net Wherrymans Way]
* [http://www.literarynorfolk.co.uk/yare,_river.htm River Yare Literary Links]


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