Name: Compartment 4, Clayrack Marshes
Location: River Ant, Clayrack Marshes
Compartment 4 includes a 1050m stretch of floodbank on the River Ant, protecting Clayrack Marshes, Cromes Broad and Marshes as well as property at Sharp Street. Within this compartment there are many sites of historical interest, such as Boardmans trestle, Ranworth or Clayrack hollow post wind pump, Cromes Broad and remains of a former smock drainage mill. Also included is The Mill House brick farmhouse (Grade II listed) dating from 1825.
A permissive footpath runs along the floodbank from How Hill Staithe to the Clayrack historic wind pump. Additional permissive paths cut across the marshes as part of the How Hill nature trail giving walkers and birdwatchers access to the woodland and bird hides located at the scrape and Cromes Broad.
The River Ant is well known for angling from the bank between How Hill and the historic wind pumps as well as fishing from boats. Piled sections in front of the wind pumps are used for informal mooring.
Phase 1 improvement works involved the excavation of a new soke dyke in advance of filling the existing one. This we necessary because the dyke supports an improtant plant community that could not be destroyed until establised in the new dyke. The works began toward the end of 2006. Phase 2 comprising floodbank strengthening, erosion protection and installation of a new sluice on Cromes Dyke was completed in 2008-2009. The works have enabled the Broads Authority to extend the permissive footpath through to Cromes dyke and over the new sluice into Catfield Fen beyond.
Click here to read about the Compartment 4 Planning Application