If you needed an excuse apart from the charms of the river itself, to visit the Stort, then consider Parndon Mill just outside Harlow. Situated alongside a lock, this huge old mill now houses a gallery and several artists workshops. It seems also to have been central in the development of the Stort sculpture trail which I mentioned the other day.
We popped in today on our way past to look at a brilliant exhibition of glass art. If I were a rich man I would have bought most of it. The man in charge was explaining to us how some of the sculptures along the canal were created, particularly the one relating to a watermill, which the year before had been designed along with local school kids and trialled as a mown grass sculpture in the nearby meadows and photographed from the air.
A good place for a walk and a picnic, and an even better one for a stop off from the boat.
Take a look at their website here
My dongle signal is very poor tonight so photos will have to wait until tomorrow - sorry