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Hambleden Weir

Hambleden was a major white water venue long before the emergence of Hurley and Holme Pierrepont. White water canoeing has taken place at the weir pool since the 1940s and it was the training ground for the British Slalom team during the 1950s and 1960s and for the 1972 Olympic team. Over 100 slalom events were held at the weir between 1951 and 1996. It has also been a popular play boating venue, long before the term was invented, in the days when people played in longer boats. All this changed however, in 1996, when the Environment Agency rebuilt the main weir. The new weir was far too efficient for its own good, resulting in a flushy wave instead of the old classic surf wave and wave train. Not a lot of people know that :-)

comments (14)

  • Frances
  • United States
  • 30 Jul 2013, 01:16
This is truly a great picture John. The water and sky are wonderful.
  • Jennie
  • United States
  • 30 Jul 2013, 04:11
Such a lovely scene. Nice capture of the water movement.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 30 Jul 2013, 07:25
Thank you for the words about waveage, all new to me. A fine shot
We do now!

Fine picture John
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 30 Jul 2013, 08:12
Weirs are wonderful things John, I remember playing near them when I was young, dangerous though they can be.
Something wrong with their design model it seems smile Very good shot John, I like the framing at the sides.
A beautiful landscape shot of your special formula.
I can see the popularity that white water canoeing would have had back when it was running free John... it seems that when humans have a desire to improve upon nature they lose more than they gain....petersmile
This is fabulous John, but I think you painted those clouds as they're so beautiful!!
Well done, amazing shot... congrulations !
Nicely done,John,I like your composition.
An idyllic scene, nonetheless.
Pretty much idealic - Love the history!
  • elleplate
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Aug 2013, 20:54
I visited this place a lot as a child - it used to scare me silly walking over the gaps between the planks of the bridge! My husband was interested to read about the canoeing aspect too, being an avid paddler himself. Lovely shot.

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