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Norfolk canal included in national boating challenge

Canoeists enjoying a stretch of the upper canal during a North Walsham and Dilham Canal Trust open day. Photo: JULIE KELLEHER

Canoeists enjoying a stretch of the upper canal during a North Walsham and Dilham Canal Trust open day. Photo: JULIE KELLEHER

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A restored Norfolk canal has been included in a national challenge for boat users.

Enthusiasts are set to navigate the upper section of the North Walsham and Dilham Canal in a bid to gain a new Inland Waterways Association (IWA) award.

The IWA, a charity which restores the country’s 6,500 miles of canals and rivers, has included a one-mile section, from Ebridge Mill pond to Bacton Wood lock, in its Silver Propellor challenge, aimed at encouraging members to explore some of the country’s lesser-known waterways.

The 19th-century canal is one of 20 destinations around the country suitable for portable craft - such as canoes, kayaks and paddleboards - which boat users must prove they have tackled in order to gain the medal.

Trust chairman Ivan Cane hopes the challenge will promote the canal beyond Norfolk.

“The biggest reward for all our volunteers’ work is to see boats using it,” he said.

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