I have recently added a map for The Wash. Please note this is for general information only and should not be used for navigation. You should use full charts, an experienced pilot or guide, or have your own local knowledge.
The River Nene DVDs are available in our usual three formats:-
Popular – like a television programme showing the highlights of the canal
Bowcam – a forward facing camera, speeded up for a little fun, showing the whole canal
Combined – both Popular and Bowcam in one box for the best of both worlds, saving money and postage.
Joining the River Nene at Northampton we’ll cruise along the navigable length of the non tidal River Nene to Dog in a Doublet Lock at Peterborough.
Cruising down the picturesque Nene valley we’ll see the open countryside and glimpse the villages along the way.
We’ll see the locks with guillotine gates, and the unique Ditchford Lock with its vertical radial gate. We’ll squeeze through the attractive bridges, with their narrow arches making navigation difficult.
We’ll see the navigation challenges and show how to tackle them safely.
The Popular and Combined DVDs each include an information booklet and a fold-out map.
Our Cruising Maps (available on CD as well as by download) and our Canal DVDs make great ideas for Christmas Presents, but please remember to order in time.
The Post Office publish latest recommended posting dates for Christmas and you need to order from us by these dates for 2017:
Tuesday 19th December
Wednesday 13th December
Tuesday 12th December
Tuesday 5th December
Rest of World
Friday 1st December
If you order from us after these dates we will still post the order promptly, but it is unlikely to arrive in time for Christmas. The earlier you order, the more certain you can be of arrival in time for Christmas.
The footbridge just below Islip Lock on the River Nene is one of the lowest on the river and its limited headroom presents difficulties for some boaters.
This is how the bridge looked heading downstream from our Waterway Routes Narrowboat in 2012, and we have an very low headroom, being able to fit through Froghall Tunnel, for example.
Looking upstream in 2012 the bridge forms the limiting headroom, although the pipe isn’t much higher.
The bridge was planned for replacement in 2017 and many boaters hoped the new bridge would have better headroom.
Here it isn’t. Looking upstream in August 2017, with the old bridge removed. Now the pipe is the limiting headroom.
The new bridge was craned in during September 2017.
Here it is again, in September 2017. It looks like the pipe forms the limiting headroom near the edges, with the footbridge still limiting in the centre, with only a small increase in headroom. That will disappoint some boaters.
The headroom quoted by the Environment Agency (the Navigation Authority) for the old footbridge is 2.2m (7.2 feet) and they haven’t updated that figure for the new footbridge.
A big thank you to Stephen for taking the photos of the new footbridge for me.