Saturday, 13 August 2011

Day 19:

Rushden and Diamonds - Wansford 33 miles, 18 locks

An enjoyable day on the Nene, and despite forecasts, it stayed dry. Knowing the river pretty well by now, we do enjoy it more and see it less as a slog and more of a cruise, while still doing 12 hour days.

At Upper Barnwell we helped a family in a cruiser negotiate their first ever lock which was fun. We enjoyed showing them the ropes and they thanked us as they carried on.

Alongside the standard Imray Nene guide, we tried out our 'vintage' 1986 Nicholson Guide to the Broads and Fens (now out of print). It is a useful companion to the Imray Guide and is based on OS maps, lending a sense of context to the river. If only Collins would republish an updated version!

We are now moored alongside another boat at Wansford, having arrived at about 9pm in the dusk.

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