Thanks Rimfire for suggesting the Derwent from Breighton Ferry! I had a very enjoyable pootle up River for 3.5 miles not getting that close to my target, the nature reserve! This taught me that if you focus too much on the destination you risk spoiling all the fun of not getting there... or something!
It was a mild day, overcast and a bit misty but pretty warm all things considered! The put in at the Breighton Ferry pub was great although the slip way really was treacherously slippery so I used the boat pontoons to launch instead!
It was very peaceful making my way upstream towards Bubwith.
All Saints church appeared through the trees...
Passing under the east/west Bubwith bridge I continued North.
Rimfire had described this section of river as gentle and indeed it was. As I left the road behind I didn't see another soul apart from the occasional dog walker or rambler.
The only thing punctuating the peace and quiet was distant sound of a shoot going on some way away.
Stopped for a cuppa and a gloriously unambitious snack comprising crisps & chocolate biscuits - all locally foraged of course!!!
The paddle back was relatively swift and enjoyable.
I had slightly miscalculated my return as the pub wasn't quite open, so I amused myself by having a look at the boats moored up along the riverside. Some of them had seen better days...
Some enterprising boat owner was even experimenting with a DIY submersible!
I wonder if they get a discounted mooring fee?
Quick pint & then dashed home leaving the peace and quiet of the river behind me to watch Silence in the cinema with Mrs S!
All in all, an enjoyable excursion for which I'm very grateful to Rimfire for the suggestion and looking forward to exploring more of the Derwent with him in the near future!
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