Tuesday, 29 August 2017

13 August Thrapston to near Wellingborough with Alison

13 August Islip to private lakeside near Wellingborough Aqueduct

Islip, Denford and Woodford Locks slipped by on our way upstream. The sunny morning made for a very pleasant cruise through the countryside.
approaching Islip Lock near Thrapston

Denford Lock

approaching Woodford Lock

about to enter Woodford Lock

Several groups of paddle boarders passed by
Woodford moorings

above Woodford Lock

stylish riverside house

waterfall over the top gates

quiet EA mooring by the defunct Rushden & Diamonds training ground
We had not realised we passed within six miles of Liana's sister, Alison, so her son Scott brought her to join us for a day or two. He took us all to nearby Higham Ferrers for a tasty pub lunch.
Setting off, we soon passed under the old stone bridge.
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a tight squeeze could be difficult in a strong current

safely through

unusually mitred gates at top and bottom

rotary bottom gate, even more unusual

the rotary gate
Alison's first locks were unusual for the Nene, one  having all mitred gates and another with a rare rotary gate.
We passed flooded gravel pits as we searched for a mooring. We tried to moor beside a lake with water skiers, and the kind land owner came over and pointed out a Friends of the River Nene mooring on his land where it would be easier to moor. He checked we were ok later, and we had a pleasant walk around the lake before sunset.
water skiers in the sun

FoTRN mooring near Wellingborough railway viaduct

Alison and Liana on lakeside walk

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