Horstead Mill and Coltishall Lock
River Bure / Aylsham Navigation
7th December 2010
This is one location in North Norfolk hat draws me back time and time again.
Horstead Mill - November 2010
Its a pretty enough spot but the real reason for my return visits is it's nostalgic connection with my youth. This was my playground where we used to swim, fish, canoe and do all the sort of stuff you would expect of a Swallows and Amazons life.
Coltishall Lock - with a film of ice
These days it's all sanitised and cleaned up. All the nettles and brambles are gone and it's been transformed from a wasteland to a public amenity, and it's all the better for that. Normally I am saddened by the loss of rough untamed edges, but if this means that more people can enjoy this oasis of tranquility then it has to be a good thing. I guess I am saying that I if were on the local council and wanted to do something positive with the site (rather then see it sold for yet another mill conversion) I would do very much what has been done.
Coltishall Lock Pool - current head of navigation on the River Bure
I came past one snowy day and couldn't resist a peep. The footprints in the snow showed that others had been there before, but for the duration of my late afternoon visit I had the place to myself. These photos show how changing seasons have an impact on a location and, like canals, there are different things to be enjoyed on each occasion one visits.
Avenue of trees above Coltishall Lock
My gripe, minor though it it, are the big warning signs prohibiting swimming or diving in the mill pool. They are inevitable in our nanny state, but I truly hope they are as casually disregarded by the locals as they used to be. Sure the place has its inherent risks but that's all part and parcel of swimming in open waters.