|Moss with stalks|
Before the river can enter the city centre, it has to first flow through a sluice gate. It is the closest we get to a water rapid around these parts. After that, we walk past the first of the many historic bridges.
|The River's Sluice Gates|
The scenery becomes less green and open and has now started to feel enclosed within many city buildings covered in graffiti and vegetation between each bridge. I do however, find a splash of colour in a tiny plot of a garden. Crocuses have emerged! They vary in colour from yellow to purple and many others in between. The river itself at this point appears to be lifeless without a single duck on it. Only black-headed gulls seem to be floating on the river.
Three bridges along since our first and we're on Fye Bridge on Magdalen Street. This is probably the oldest part of Norwich with many churches, pubs and historic streets nearby (including Elm Hill, a beautiful cobbled lane with Tudor-style buildings). For me, this bridge is a good spot to see fish and grey wagtails. Unfortunately, I couldn't see or find any today, but I did see a fisherman catch a roach nearby. Our next bridge along is Whitefriars Bridge. Behind that is St James' Mill, a former printworks site for Jarrold's where 'Black Beauty' was first published.
|Whitefriars Bridge and St James' Mill|
We follow a meander that curves past a new bridge before we get to the next landmark. Along the way, we pass a sluice gate to the last swan pit in England. Swans were herded up to a pit at the Great Hospital nearby and was fattened up for the table for the rich. This one was used up until World War Two. It is a very unusual part of Norwich's history. Next up is Cow Tower, a defence tower built in 1399. Today, it is a home for feral pigeons. And adjacent to the tower, is a pond with a few mallard on it (finally seen some today at last).
|The Swan Pit Sluice|
|Feral Pigeons at Cow Tower|
|View from Foundry Bridge|
|Ladybird on a moss covered wall|