Below - old Paper Mill lock from downstream
Below - Looking back on the flume (Lt) and main weir (Rt)
There is a nice approach to Paper Mill Lock (Lt).
The old Paper Mill has been developed into new offices for the Suffolk Primary Care NHS Trust and is all now very picturesque from both up and downstream.
Portage 11. There is a dangerous drop in the lock and automatic regulator so we lifted out round it to the right.
The views got even better as we approached Bramford and went under what used to be known as the Black Bridge, which now carries the footpath from Paper Mill Lane.
Next is Bramford lock, modern gauging station (TM165 425) and old Mill.
There is a flume on the far right hand side of the main weir (see below/left) but we decided to lift out to the tow path on the left side of the old lock over the top of a sunken fibreglass speedboat, which was really a strange thing to come across, not sure if its still there. Its a fair walk round but an easy drop in the other side.
Below - Looking back on old lock - you can just see the white sunken boat by the right bank .
You then go past the old mill on the right and under the road (B1067) before coming to the landing stage at Bramford picnic site on the left bank. Here there are good facilities with toilets and parking back towards the railway line - ideal for a tea stop.
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