6. Great Blakenham

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Exit to towpath just before Gt Blakenham Lock

Old Road bridge Gt Blakenham

Looking back onto Gt Blakenham Lock

Scenic views in Gt Blakenham

Gt Blakenham landing stage & Car Park

B1113 dual road bridge off A14

Portage 10.

Houses and the Church came up on the right side as we approached Gt Blakenham and we lifted out fairly easily on the right hand towpath, just before the Lock (TM119 509) .









The footpath route is tricky here and bends through a narrow passage between too old buildings. After which we turned left and left again towards the road bridge the end of the lock, not too far away.









We launched off to the right of the road down a muddy gully to get to the river, with some interest from nearby householders who seemed very pleasant. We met up with family at this point with good parking nearby around the local village hall situated in Mill Lane (Sat Nav IP6 0NJ).








Shortly after starting out the river goes under the railway and then there are some really nice broad and attractive sections. There are some overhanging tree branches here which managed to surprise one of the group who ended up in the water.





Just after going under the Gt Blakenham to Claydon road we reached a purpose built landing platform with the A14 running close by on an elevated section. We had used this before as a starting point, as I think do the Ipswich Canoe club for their races. We took the time to come ashore, empty the canoe and meet up with relatives again. It is a good place to launch, with parking and plenty of space for trailers if needed.






We then set off under the dual carriage way and took in some nice views on the way downstream.


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