Friday, 27 July 2018

New Video - Wye Invader Two reaches Llandogo

Wye Invader Two left Sharpness at 06.50 on 11th July 2018, by 21.00 she had reached Llandogo on the River Wye, the first known narrowboat to do so since Bernard Jessop with 'Buccaneer" in 1992.

Careful pre-planning with several recce's to the proposed mooring and a study of tide times and heights was checked beforehand. On the day, a stop at Chepstow for several hours was needed as the tide turned, she moved off Chepstow on the tide at 16.10, then a short stop on a private jetty at Tintern before moving off again to Brockweir and then Llandogo, arriving at 19.00.

Now on YouTube -

Friday, 20 July 2018

Bigsweir bridge and weir

Bigsweir Bridge is part of a turnpike road between Chepstow and Monmouth that had sufficient air draft to allow the many boats built on the banks of the River Wye as far upstream as Hereford to pass under. Constructed in 1827 and years ahead of it’s time, it was designed by Charles Hollis of London, made in cast iron from Merthyr Tydfil and is 164 feet (50 metres) long. In 1988 it became a Grade 2 listed structure, in 2010/11 it was repaired, strengthened and re-painted.

The New Weir upstream of Bigsweir Bridge is the limit of the Normal Tidal Limit (NTL) under the control of Gloucester Harbour Trustees, the navigation authority for this part of the River Severn and River Wye. This photograph was taken on Sunday morning 15th July 2018 at 10.30 am when the high Spring tide was at the top of its tide. This is the only time in 3 days of high Spring Tides a month that boats could could pass up the channel below and over the new weir because of the depth of water at the quay at Whitebrook where for at least two hundred years, paper was made and then transported down the River Wye by boat from its own quay about 200 meters above the New Weir, this method of transportation stopped when the railways came to the Wye Valley.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Wye Invader Two goes to Llandogo!

A new video coming soon. Sharpness to Llandogo on the River Wye with Wye Invader Two. A Narrowboat is rarely seen this far up the River Wye and definitely not a trip for a novice! Bookmark our Website now.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Further recce to Llandogo

24 hours later and the river level is much lower, for a trip like this with a narrowboat pre-planning is key.