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    Default Signs of the Times on the Nene

    Denford War Memorial was multi-tasking in the sunshine with cyclists, paddlers and fisherfolk quietly getting on with life



    Lovely clear water in the backwater



    Under the A14



    This bit of Northamptonshire is littered with disused railways, not just from the Beeching cuts but the demise of the ironstone mines locally



    At the end of the backwater Hippo carries out a dynamic risk assessment on the mill chute..........



    ......which ticked every box in the beggaring about column



    The world famous Nine Arches Bridge at Thrapston



    As we portaged into Islip backwater two guys came running up asking us to rescue something important they were using to stop up a sluice and had dropped into the river..........I reckon the 'elf-n-safety guys would have something to say about their working practice after we gave it back to them - but not us - stones and glass-houses and all that!



    Domestic! We were alerted by some choice language and we deduced that the lady in front was not pushing the barge-pole to her husband's satisfaction and he in turn was not operating the engine and tiller to her's..........we awaited the completion of their 17-point turn...



    We dropped into Brancey Brook



    Looking great in the sunshine....



    A year round play spot



    But it's a delightful backwater











    The backwater rejoins the navigation at Peartree Farm - scene of the annual Burns Night on the Nene shenanigans



    Wadenhoe Church dominates the next couple of miles





    Journey's End - Wadenhoe



    New signs have gone up all over Wadenhoe - rather cowardly the perpetrators haven't divulged to us oiks who they are or by what authority they have erected them..........we somehow managed to survive the experience



    As did the three old ladies with walking sticks who also bravely accessed the riverbank without incident!



    A trawl of parish council minutes established that these signs have been put up by the Wadenhoe Trust at the behest of the Environment Agency - apparently out of concern that swimmers and paddlers might be swept into the lock and weir - there have of course been absolutely no such incidents but it's a sign of the times that a simple 'Be aware of steep banks and strong currents' wasn't enough.

    That's all folks - thanks for reading - hope you enjoyed our sunny tale,

    Dick
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    Another great adventure on a sunny summers day.

    Nick

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    Lovely, thanks for sharing
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    Nice gents - those signs at Waddenhoe, do they extend along the stretch of river meadow upstream from the pub - where one can occasionally find a moored black and gray narrowboat?
    Up a lazy river by the old mill run..the lazy, lazy river in the noon day sun

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    Lovely stuff. :-)

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    Fantastic, Im looking forward to looking around that part of the river.


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    Quote Originally Posted by neil. View Post
    Nice gents - those signs at Waddenhoe, do they extend along the stretch of river meadow upstream from the pub - where one can occasionally find a moored black and gray narrowboat?
    I decided not to bore everyone with my research Neil but they have no legal basis whatsoever.....the signs are also up in the pub garden....so your narrowboat would be dangerous to access from their level, grassed garden!

    No signs up near your favoured mooring.....let us know when you’re back and we’ll pop in to drink your beer!
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    Nice blogg and pictures, Dick.

    You had the weather as well.


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    Fantastic, I’m looking forward to looking around that part of the river.
    Martin, This is a lovely area. There is an Island, just down from Peartree farm, had an "overnighter" there. twas good.

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    Need to have a trip out and have a look


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    Oh that looked lovely. Must go out again soon. You've inspired me once again.
    Big Al.

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    and the last river been poisoned
    and the last fish been caught
    will we realise we cannot eat money.
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    Looks like you are getting better weather than we are and taking advantage of it too.
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    Brill thank you......isn't such signage, littering in itself, if illegal?

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    Great blog and super pictures. Last time I was at Wadenhoe someone had removed the 'no' from those signs, leaving them stating river access permitted. Canoe2 the local hire company seem to use the pub as a lunch stop and you'll often see several of their canoes being launched next to the no access signs.

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    Excellent blog and some cracking pictures giving a real feel for an area I know absolutely nothing about.
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    Lovely day to enjoy a familiar part of the river.

    Funny how my eyesight struggles with some signs, especially those that clearly have no legal standing...

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    Denford War Memorial was multi-tasking in the sunshine with cyclists, paddlers and fisherfolk quietly getting on with life....

    Looks to me like just another bad day, with a Blue Moon on the rise, in Sandford on Thames!

    (If confused, see the film Hot Fuzz for details...)
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