Seven Day Blog – Norfolk’s River Yare

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The infant Yare at Barford about ten miles from it’s source
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Bawburgh
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Marlingford Mill

Rivers fascinate me. Early settlers always tried to be near a good water source, for drinking, washing, and in the case of rivers a ‘highway’ to other places. One very good local example is the Roman Town at Caistor St Edmund beside the River Tas. The Tas joins the Yare on the southern edge of the city. These are a few pictures of the river Yare and it’s valley as it winds it’s way from it’s source near Shipdam about fifteen miles south west of the city of Norwich. I often use these areas for a morning walk. In the city it meets the river Wensum that runs in from the west and having joined forces they continue out to the sea at Great Yarmouth having flown through Breydon Water. In all it’s only about forty miles from source to it’s outfall into the North Sea. These photos show us there were many water driven mills on this relativly short stretch of the non tidal part of the Yare. Green energy before the term was invented ! . Grain would have been brought to these mills from nearby farms by horse and cart before the internal combustion engine got established .

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Footpath at Colton down to the river Yare
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The church in Eaton with it’s thatched roof standing virtually on the river bank.
Riverside walk beside the Yare at Eaton near Norwich
The river in summer just east of the university.  My only sighting of otters occured on this stretch .
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Marston Marsh on the edge of Norwich with Keswick Mill in the distance
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Pigeon loft at Keswick
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Keswick Mill
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Just a mile or so before meeting the sea at Great Yarmouth the Yare passes through the large expanse of tidal Breydon water. Here a couple of other East Anglian rivers, the Waveney and the Bure converge on their journey to the sea.

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