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Monday, April 23, 2012

Whitchurch to Prees Branch

Map picture

Prees Branch

No rain today, as we set off from Whitchurch. This was the first of 6 lift bridges for today.

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This was the 2nd which was close by.

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And then the 3rd.

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Jo enjoying working the bridges.

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Not a real owl, but one carved from wood, on top of the phone pole.

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The 4th lift bridge.

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Approaching the Prees branch junction.

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The 5th lift bridge on the Prees branch.

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And the 6th and final lift bridge for today.

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Arriving at the end of the Prees branch and Whixhall Marina.

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After lunch we went for a walk along the abandoned part of the branch, which is now a nature reserve, and SSSI protected.

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This swan was sound asleep on its nest on the strip of land between the old canal and the new marina.

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There was lots of different Flora to photograph.

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Bridge No.4 is still intact.

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Wild honeysuckle starting to emerge.

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Where the in-water section ends and the dry bed begins.

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Even the depth gauge is still here.

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The footpath from here was overgrown through lack of use and we had to take to the road instead.

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This was as far as the footpath went, from here it disappeared across a field.

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Even some mushrooms!

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The swan was still hiding when we returned.

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Keith.

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