The River Glaven flows for 17 km through one of the most beautiful valleys in England. Rising from tiny headwaters in lower Bodham and Baconsthorpe, the main river begins just below Selbrigg Pond where three streams combine at the outfall. Thereafter, it descends through wooded hills of glacial debris and passes through lush countryside and picturesque flint villages. Finally, the river meets the sea behind Blakeney Point.
The Glaven is surrounded by arable land, coniferous plantations, grazing meadows and wetlands. The river is a haven for wildlife – providing a habitat for sea trout, white clawed crayfish, insects and invertebrates such as damselflies, dragonflies and hawkers. The critically endangered European Eel has also been recorded in this river.
Listen to James Fisher’s ‘Chalk Stream Dreams‘, a record inspired by, and recorded whilst, walking the length of the River Glaven.
River Glaven Projects
Fishing for Youngsters
Ongoing since May 2016
‘Fishing for Youngsters’ aims to get young people outdoors and in touch with their natural surroundings through fishing.
Glaven Eel Project
April 2015 - August 2017
Norfolk Rivers Trust has delivered a two-year Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) project working with eels in the River Glaven.
Reducing sedimentation at Baconsthorpe Castle
January - March 2015
Following discussions with English Heritage and the owners at Baconsthorpe Castle, we de-silted the pond to preserve the habitat for the rare and wonderous crucian carp.
New channel for the Glaven at Bayfield
August - September 2014
A new meandering river channel has been created at the Bayfield Estate in Norfolk.
Ecological restoration of Selbrigg pond
September 2013 - March 2014
We re-built and strengthened the pond wall which was beginning to crumble as trees were growing too close to the edge.
Sediment management in the upper Glaven
January 2013 - March 2015
Norfolk Rivers Trust has worked with farmers in the upper Glaven to reduce the amount of sediment run-off reaching the river by retention and trapping.
Riffles for Wiveton
December 2012 - May 2013
In 2012 and 2013, Norfolk Rivers Trust part-funded a project by the Environment Agency and the River Glaven Angling Association to restore a section of the River Glaven upstream of Wiveton.