As at today, Monday 16th August 2021 notice   –   Canal bank maintenance due again soon – dates to be confirmed

The Swafield to Royston Bridge footpaths will be CLOSED again whilst the raising of the canal banks take place.  Public notices will be in place advising of NO ACCESS.

Machinery and heavy plant will be operating in this area. Whilst we do not know how long this work will take, please be aware and follow guidance from the notices and working personnel.

Posted a few months ago:  Following over-topping of the canal at the above location, it will be necessary to raise the bank height in this area to improve the quality of the footpath and to prevent another over-topping in the future.

Health & Safety notices

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 Laurie and Julie Ashton and for allowing us all to enjoy the beauty of their section of the North Walsham and Dilham Canal – Swafield to Ebridge.

Between Ebridge and Swafield

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.


At the Ebridge Lock area

The 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.

Cyclists are reminded that cycling this “Permissive Footpath” is not allowed. 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.

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.