After the Rothersthorpe lock flight and the Northampton Arm of the Grand Union Canal we spent 2 nights in Northampton Marina, a secure mooring allowing us to regroup and relax in the City before starting on the River Nene.
The Nene is a great river, no dramatic currents like an ordinary river as it was canalised many years ago. Only in winter or after prolonged heavy rain does it become un-navigable, navigation is governed by the Environment Agency and they issue any warnings or restrictions.
Big bridges, large locks, on the Nene, nearly all with vertical steel gates at the bottom, most of which are electrically powered, only the remote locks have large hand wheel to raise and lower the gate.
Well underway now, here on the River Nene. Great river to boat on.
5 Locks to Cogenhoe, but we overnight a few times on the way, making use of our “Friends of the River Nene” membership which allows mooring on their maintained moorings. These coupled with the EA moorings means there are places to moor and explore.
Now at the very picturesque Fotheringhay where King Richard III was born,
and where Mary Queen of Scots was executed.
In Peterborough we leave the Nene and wait at Stanground Lock to join the Middle Levels Navigation.