Boat Tours


TWO boats, Ella II and The Newun operate at two different stretches of the canal, Ebridge and at Dilham

See below for booking information, locations and other details

ELLA II, named after the last Norfolk trading wherry sailing the canal.

Our 21ft, volunteer skippered, electrically propelled passenger boat with solar panels, is based at Ebridge lock on the Happisburgh Road out of North Walsham, NR28 9QG.  To find us, surf to What3Words @

We are taking parties of up to 10 people from Ebridge to Spa Common and return. There is no minimum charge this year and but a hoped-for donation is £10 per person for the one hour trip.

Your trip will commence from Ebridge lock opposite Ebridge Mill.

To find us, surf to


Call Captain Baldie on  07415 905 357

THE NEWUN.     Contact Graham on 07585 160772 to book your seat.

Trips start from Dilham Hall Canoe Hire, Tonnage bridge, Oak Road, Dilham NR28 9PW.

Where do boat trips run?

Please click on our map HERE for Ella II boat trip starting point at Ebridge Lock, Happisburgh Rd, White Horse Common, Nth Walsham.

and HERE for the The Newun boat trip starting point, Dilham Hall Retreats, Canoe Hire Field, Oak Rd, Dilham.

Is there food or drink?

Refreshments are not currently provided but please feel encouraged to bring your own. Food and drink is very welcome – hot, cold or celebratory! Please bear in mind that there is no toilet onboard.

What should I wear?

You will be on the water for around one hour. The boats are in the open air, Ella II is open-sided with a canopy. The Newun is open to the elements.

Remember to bring a jacket to protect you from any cool breezes and a raincoat to protect you from any showers that might be forecast.

If it’s sunny, a sunhat and sunscreen is recommended.

Arrangements can be changed if you find the weather is too inclement.

What can I expect to see?

Wildlife varies day to day and hour by hour. Birds, from the smallest wagtails to coots, grebes and swans, frequent the canal, as well as birds of prey including raptors and harriers. If you’re quick of eye you may see deer, foxes and water voles, while, on calmer days, in clear water, we often see fish chasing the front of the boat. Passengers can choose whether they’d like historic commentary from the skipper, who is knowledgeable about the history of the canal and its restoration, or to chat amongst themselves and ask questions as they go along.

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Can I pay with my bank debit/credit card?

Yes you may.

The North Walsham and Dilham Canal Trust now operate a ‘Contactless’ machine, subject to a usable broadband connection.

You may pay for your boat trip via this or by cash. Cash is still always very welcome because processing debit/credit cards does cost The Trust money.

How much does it cost?
Please view the dedicated information section for boat trip costs.  
All income goes towards the conservation and restoration of the canal. Additional donations are always most welcome. 
If weather is inclement or, for any other reason, you need to postpone, you can re-book a different day at no extra charge with only two hours’ notice of postponement, by calling
  • Ella II: Captain Baldie on 07415 905 357
  • The Newun: Graham on 07585 160 772
How do I book a trip?

You can book your trip aboard Ella II by please calling Captain Baldie on 07415 905 357

For your trip aboard The Newun call Graham on 07585 160772.