Health & Safety notices

Canal and bank maintenance……

‘No access’ notices will be in place when the canal and paths are not passable due to heavy machinery working in the area.  Please follow guidance from the notices and personnel working in the area.

The section between Swafield and Ebridge

Although the Old Canal Company as owners of the Ebridge to Swafield Bridge pounds, welcome walkers, pleasure anglers, boaters and others to use the canal waters and banks for their enjoyment, The Trust would like to remind people that the canal,  lands and pathways are private and are still undergoing restoration.  At times not all parts are accessible, water levels will vary and that public use is always at your own risk.  We wish to thank the Old Canal Company for allowing us all to enjoy the beauty of their section of the North Walsham and Dilham Canal – Swafield to Ebridge.

If walking dogs, please use the bins provided for their waste and other litter or take your waste home. If there are cygnets in the area, be warned that the parent Swans will become very protective, so again, please remember to keep your dog on its lead.  Be cautious with your pets not getting onto the local farmers land.  There are government guidelines for harrassing and causing havoc with farm animals.

Cyclists are reminded that cycling is not allowed on this “Permissive Footpath . It is hoped that preventing cycling will reduce damage to the path and reduce risk to walkers. This is especially important in wet weather, when ruts become a serious safety risk to walkers and are likely to cause damage to the paths.

Meeting area at Ebridge Lock

The meeting area near the lock is not a public car park, although folk do tend to leave their cars there when visiting the canal.  Once again, the owner doesn’t mind but please bear in mind that the area may be closed off at any time, without notice and anything left there (cars, bikes, boats and boards etc.) is at the owners own risk.

Weil’s disease:       Can be caught from rat urine entering the body, usually through an open cut or sore.

Wild Swimming:   It is recommended that foot protection is worn when swimming in the canal and that bright headwear is worn also.