Monday, 27 March 2017

Weybread Weir dried out

The automated sluice control at the main face of Weybread Weir is out of action so the main drop is dry:

Which means the river bed is dry below the weir, looking upstream from the footbridge

or downstream from the bridge

All of the water is going over the old lock sluice, just possible as a bump and scrape with a serious lean back...

It was nice to get a decent look at the structure

close to

Friday, 17 February 2017

Spring canoeing

Beautiful morning yesterday with SW breeze and sunshine. Paddled with Mike Sherwen from Billingford to Syleham. It was a good day, full of herons, buzzards and another day-flying barn owl. Fantastic.

About 0.43 on the gauge.

Friday, 3 February 2017

On the marshes

Nice circular walk across the Haddiscoe Marshes a couple of days ago:

Having left the map at home I took a turn off on to the marsh one track too early so ended up on the wrong side of the dyke. Which meant a cautious step across a ligger:

And then a rather more cautious bum shuffle, feet first, over this ropey, tilted, slippery and very creaky plank into a bramble thicket to get back to the track proper!

The walk back, correctly located on a footpath, was much easier!

At the edge of the marsh was a lovely patch of feral woodland:

Even if it was rather damp under foot:

Canoe bathtime

Getting ready for some reinforcement panels inside and a coat of varnish all over. Spring is on the way!

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Low water on the Blyth

Heading for the beach at Walberswick we stopped for a quick picture of the Blyth at low tide, looking east after scrambling over the dyke from the A12

And at Walberswick

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Hoxne Weir with 0.37m on the gauge

A mild day in mid December for a paddle from Syleham up to the weir at Hoxne for the waterslide

Waterslide at Hoxne with 0.34m on the gauge from Petro Dobromylskyj on Vimeo.

Below Hoxne Weir there is 1/4 of a mile of little gravel riffles to the mill house. After this is is deeper and slower but soon you meet a killer of a low tree. A solid tree trunk right across the whole river, you could get under it at very low levels or over it at very high levels, but I've had to portage it at mid levels.


Happy happy, thank you to who ever removed it. Environment Agency?????

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Roaring Arch bridge again

Roaring Arch Bridge with 0.25m on the gauge. Less of a bump and scrape than last time, unfortunately no 'yak today...

Monday, 21 November 2016

Needham with just under 0.5m on the gauge at Billingford

Yesterday at Needham

Needham Weir from Petro Dobromylskyj on Vimeo.

River Waveney at Shotford, Needham and Syleham with just under 0.5m on the Billingford gauge

First flood of the Autumn, should have cleared the weed chokes:

Shotford Bridge  with the river full but only just over the banks in a few places

Looking down stream from the launch point steps

Needham Weir looking unpleasant but not too lethal

Syleham House in panorama

Syleham Back Channel as it approaches the road bridge to rejoin the main stream

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Monday, 17 October 2016

Roaring Arch Bridge in very low water

With 0.16m on the Billingford flow gauge the little weir at Roaring Arch Bridge is quite a dry bump and scrape:

Roaring Arch Bridge in low water conditions from Petro Dobromylskyj on Vimeo.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Bungay Loop last Summer

On the 5th of August I paddled the Bungay Loop with the children in Corfyn.

We launched at Roaring Arch Bridge, this is looking back upstream as we drifted down the gravel riffle:

Next it was under the A143 and back in to bright sunlight:

Then we paddled down to Bungay Sluice portage point round the Loop, mostly with me paddling and the children picnicking. Finally we walked back to collect the car through the town centre, via the cafe with the gluten free cakes.

Summer sunset from the garden

Just a sunset from last summer, 4th of August

Friday, 14 October 2016

Walberswick last Summer

Another day from last Summer, July 23rd this time. Crabbing, paddling and some swimming at Walbersick with Mike and Val.

Paddling Corfyn with the children, having forgotten to put their buoyancy aids on. Luckily we were probably only in three feet of water:

Mike had a turn:

Then over the sand dunes for a swim off of the beach. Tolerably warm:

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Picnic at Stiffkey last Summer

A day from last Summer, 28th July, up at Stiffkey salt marshes on a neap tide. Corfyn unloaded from the car and waiting with the picnic and paddling gear on board:

The day started with crabbing on the bridge while we waited for friends to arrive:

All on board to paddle the short distance to the corner sandy picnic place just down creek:

Picnic time:

Paddling Corfyn on my own after the picnic:

Tony's turn:

A good time was had by all.