2009 Gipping Expedition

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2009 starting photo

Stop off at Needham Lakes

Side weir at Baylham Lock

 

Finishing photo at Ipswich

4th May 2009

We started again at what is now the Prentice Rd public car park in Stowmarket. This costs £2.00 all day with no exceptions for bank holidays!

After we launched and came to the first portage we realised it would have been much easier to launch from the far left side of the car park and miss out the first small section of river.

Two bridges are being constructed across the river to ease traffic around the Stowmarket.

Whilst the river level was fairly good the first factory section was shallow and smelly and we decided to try next year to find a place to launch further down, perhaps near the Maltings.

 

 

Weather was good if a little cold for the second expedition and we stopped at Needham lakes for a quick warm up with coffee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Gee, with the kit and the expertise to get down Riverside Farm lock.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baylham lock was completely closed off and being pumped out for the major works by the River Gipping trust. The river though was flowing down the right hand steam over a small weir, rejoining the river some 300 meters downstream, shallow but passable.

 

 

 

We later parked up and had a bite to eat and drink at the Chequers Pub, 19 Stowmarket Rd, Great Blakenham (IP6 0LP). It was a good stop, they are open all day on Bank Holidays and made us very welcome. They had good food, space outside and did not mind us dripping on the carpets!

 

 

 

Ipswich finish of the second passage of the old Gipping navigation.

 

 

 

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