Lockdown non-touring quiz

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Re: Lockdown non-touring quiz

Postby PDQ Mobile » 18 Apr 2020, 4:49pm

jgurney wrote:While both obscure and hardly a route of choice for cyclists, this is as far as I know the only one of it's kind in England.

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There used to be one at Bablockhythe, Oxon, but the pictured river looks too small/ shallow

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Re: Lockdown non-touring quiz

Postby Cyril Haearn » 18 Apr 2020, 4:49pm

Are they stone or wood?
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Re: Lockdown non-touring quiz

Postby PT1029 » 18 Apr 2020, 5:02pm

Are we looking at the wrong thing then?
There used to be a ferry at Bablockhythe (but never heard of any stepping stones there!), people and precariously balanced bike last time I saw one there (about 25(?) years or so ago).
So is it a cable/chain pull ferry on a public footpath? - though if it is that green thing on the bank, it looks like the cubic cucumber version of those ride on bananas you see at Mediteranean resorts!
Still, I'm not right yet, as I don't know where it is.

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Re: Lockdown non-touring quiz

Postby PT1029 » 18 Apr 2020, 5:14pm

.. is the red boat a ferry?
The green thing looks a double layer. Does it fold out and float, to walk over? (getting fanciful now!).

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Re: Lockdown non-touring quiz

Postby cotswolds » 18 Apr 2020, 6:12pm

I think I know the unique feature but can't track down the location. Is it on the southwest coast path?

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Re: Lockdown non-touring quiz

Postby jgurney » 19 Apr 2020, 12:26am

Mike Sales wrote:There are stepping stones on the River Dove, but these are not them.


There are plenty of stepping stones around England, but I believe these are the only subtidal ones. At high tides (as shown in two of the images) the stepping stones are under about two feet of water and small boats can pass over them.

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Re: Lockdown non-touring quiz

Postby jgurney » 19 Apr 2020, 12:29am

PT1029 wrote:.. is the red boat a ferry?
The green thing looks a double layer. Does it fold out and float, to walk over? (getting fanciful now!).


There is no ferry there, the footpath is only passable, via the stepping stones, at low tide. The boat is just a boat, I don't know what the green object is but it might be a floating jetty, to facilitate boarding boats at high tide. It and the boat belong to a house standing nearby.
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Re: Lockdown non-touring quiz

Postby jgurney » 19 Apr 2020, 12:30am

Cyril Haearn wrote:Are they stone or wood?


Stones.

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Re: Lockdown non-touring quiz

Postby jgurney » 19 Apr 2020, 12:33am

cotswolds wrote:I think I know the unique feature but can't track down the location. Is it on the southwest coast path?


The probably unique feature (unique in England, I think) is being subtidal stepping stones. No, they are not on the Southwest Coast Path, but are within a few miles of it.

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Re: Lockdown non-touring quiz

Postby backnotes » 19 Apr 2020, 5:49am

Well I'm stumped. Can we have another clue?

It is claimed that there are stepping stones covered at high tide at Lerryn in Cornwall near Fowey, but the only pictures of that crossing I can find look a lot less wooded on the banks. But that's only Wikipedia, so it may be fake news!

Are there several stepping stone crossings at Lerryn and yours is the only one actually covered at high tide?

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Re: Lockdown non-touring quiz

Postby cotswolds » 19 Apr 2020, 9:01am

I'm stumped as well. I worked out the tidal thing. Clear difference in water level between the summer/winter pictures; not due to flooding, because a flooded river would be running faster. Also, both pictures show slack water, suggesting small difference between high and low tide, which means it's some way inland. Most common place to find this in the UK is tidal creeks in Devon/Cornwall. But despite a lot of searching I couldn't find it - there's a lot of creeks down there.

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Re: Lockdown non-touring quiz

Postby Bonefishblues » 19 Apr 2020, 9:27am

If tidal, not unique, I think:

https://www.sailawaystanthony.co.uk/ferry/

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Re: Lockdown non-touring quiz

Postby ChrisF » 19 Apr 2020, 9:57am

There are tidal stepping stones in South Devon https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@50.2479909,-3.7211785,123m/data=!3m1!1e3 - I walked my bike across them in early Feb. this year.
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Re: Lockdown non-touring quiz

Postby Bonefishblues » 19 Apr 2020, 10:04am

Saved a massive detour, I note :lol:

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Re: Lockdown non-touring quiz

Postby jgurney » 19 Apr 2020, 11:15am

cotswolds wrote:I'm stumped as well. I worked out the tidal thing..... Most common place to find this in the UK is tidal creeks in Devon/Cornwall. But despite a lot of searching I couldn't find it - there's a lot of creeks down there.


Bonefishblues wrote:If tidal, not unique, I think: https://www.sailawaystanthony.co.uk/ferry/


ChrisF wrote:There are tidal stepping stones in South Devon https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@50.2479909,-3.7211785,123m/data=!3m1!1e3 - I walked my bike across them in early Feb. this year.


I'm glad I posted this, as it has led to my learning from follow posters that the stepping stones I posted about are not unique, which shows that there are still obscure things out there in the English countryside to be discovered. Thank you.

ChrisF, I thought you had got it until I clicked your link and saw you had found another set also in S. Devon, Cotswolds, you are right about a creek in Devon. The spot is at Bow Bridge, near Ashprington, Devon, on a creek called Bow Creek by the OS and Harbourne River by Google https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@50.39574 ... authuser=0

How about this one instead:

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Preferably the street name, not just the city.