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Hello Chris,

We hired the self drive boat “Trickle” on Friday afternoon 10th August 2012 and what a wonderful experience it turned out to be. Leaving the Quay behind we soon found ourselves meandering through the backwaters past the parish church and on into the “willow tunnel” passing the Holt Island reserve as we did so. Luckily we caught sight of a pair of Kingfishers flying in front of us. Quietly we made our way out of the tunnel and on into the main river. All along out journey we spotted a number of species of dragonflies each with their distinctive but beautiful markings (if I only knew their names) After 25 minutes we arrived at Hemingford Lock stopping a while to allow the “big boys” to pass us by. Our return journey took us pass Hemingford Meadow. The river bank was full of surprises – ducks, insects and birds. Passing under the Chapel Bridge we made our way towards St Ives lock. Here the river is wide. With time running out we made our turn under the road bridge with it’s traffic thundering over head. The peace and quiet of Trickle was a haven from all the noise. We finally reached the Quay to be met there by Chris who gave me instructions on how to navigate between the moored boats. What a fantastic time we had. Our grateful thanks to Chris and the St Ives Electric Riverboat Company. We will most certainly will come again. Barbara and Tony Roberts

Many Thanks for the Comment. The dragonflies could be Broad Bodied Chasers

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