Hi Folks I have been waiting for a suitable day to do this the route on the Nene for quite a while. The Yarwell backwater is a route that is only really suitable for my canoe in high water because of the remains of a foot bridge part way down that could do serious damage to my boat if the water is low so I was glad to get the opportunity today as the water was very high. Yarwell is two locks up river from my start and first I had to get there. At the put in a tree had fallen.
Great Ouse Kempston to Great Barford This is a paddle I have done twice before that seems to be becoming a regular fixture in my year. It is organised by my friend and fellow O.C.A member Pancho.We met at the end of Mill Lane in Kempston (It is surprising how many paddles begin in mill lane or mill road somewhere!) we unloaded boats and then took cars to the end of the route at Great Barford before returning in as few cars as possible to the start. This is known as a shuttle
Day 3. Sunday's weather was set to be windy which means (for those not in the know) hard paddling! To make life easier in these circumstances one of the best things you can do is paddle tandem i.e two people per canoe. With this in mind Nick offered me the bow seat in his lovely Bell Canoe works boat. Its not wooden but it doesn't half shift! (We could have gone in Peterborough 1 but my seats and air bags would have needed to be moved around.) The plan was to drive to Wroxham