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Cattawade, Brantham, Suffolk   1 November 2007

 

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Cattawade and the Stour at Lawford  16 February 2008

 

 

 

The Stour Navigation at Cattawade.

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The river and the wetlands are a rich nantural habitat.

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More of the flooded areas on the flood plain, including, centre a view up towards East Bergholt and , right, Reed Hall.

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The basin contained between Cattawade Bridge and the modern  tidal defences.

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Some of the very charming elements of the basin, and the frontages of Riverside Cottages.

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Cattawade and the Stour at Lawford  16 February 2008

 

 

 

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The flood defences at Cattawade protect the river valley upstream from flooding and saltwater damage; it also carries the A137 road from Colchester to Ipswich. Frequent rail services punctuate the wind noise, as this one, above, enters Manningtree station, an important commuter node and a junction for the Harwich service.

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At low tide the estuary shows all the hallmarks of a lowland river valley - plenty of mud! A train crosses the rail bridge in front of the industrial area at Brantham, on the northern, Suffolk, side.

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Even below the railway bridge, the river has a peaceful aspect.

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The above three photographs represents just the first half mile of the riverside walk, along the Stour on the south side; the contrast with the industrial estuary is striking.

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