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An ongoing series of a Skippers view on navigating a 38m Dutch Barge through the bridges on the River Wye from Chepstow to Hereford

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Kerne Bridge

It was now 1715 hrs Wye Invader was about 300 metres downstream of Kerne Bridge, it was almost last light, we had just climbed the 2 metres up and over Lower Lydbrook weir, from this point on the River Wye gets narrower and we had another 2 metres of what remains of the Weir below Kerne Bridge to pass up and over.

We were now 100 metres below the bridge, the river started to get wider and more shallow with trees in the middle to the Starboard bank. About 50 metres short of the Bridge you could just see the top of the Weir. It was at this point that we began to see the river bottom, we had just enough draft to clear the Weir and pass under and through the centre arch of the bridge, from this point on it was now dark, we used the large roof mounted spot lamp to illuminate the river bank to the port side and carry on to moor at Ross-on-Wye by Wilton Bridge later that evening.
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