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Signpost at Cosgrove

Signpost at Cosgrove

After our visit to Foxton and the Market Harborough arm, we had planned to set off for the Anglian waterways, travelling down the River Nene, across the Middle Level and up the River Great Ouse to work at the IWA National Festival at St Ives. It was at this point that the weather began to have its dramatic effect on our lives.

By the time we had arrived at Gayton Junction, start of the Northampton Arm down to the Nene, the first monsoon of the summer had closed the river, and there was no point in entering the arm. We were to spend several weeks on the Grand Union, waiting for the river to return to a navigable condition.

This picture was taken at Cosgrove, where the Buckingham Arm used to leave the mainline to travel to that town. The arm is suitable for restoration, but at present only the stub here is in use for moorings.

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