Friday, 8 January 2010

The River Exe freezes up.

Unless you live in a foreign country you can't have failed to notice that its cold at the moment. So cold in fact that the River Exe has started to freeze up. It's not too uncommon to see the Exeter ship canal start to ice up, but it's not very often that the river does.

Check out the pictures that we took this morning


Ice thick enough to stand on in the Ship canal basin




Large sheets of ice under Exe bridges, in the Centre of Exeter





Cricklepit bridge



Sheets of ice drift slowly in the river above Trews Weir



Other rivers in the UK freeze, highland rivers in Scotland regularly ice up during winter, but for us this is something uncommon. Down in the 'Sunny' southwest hard winters like this aren't common, and here at the shop we are barely 15m above sea level, so to get weather so cold that the river freezes up is a unusual occurrence.



video

Liam goes for a quick 'paddle' on the canal