Since getting involved with this project I have found some really interesting waterways sites on the net and every so often I have interacted with them. One such site is http://wherrymansweb.blogspot.com/ which is essentially a blog site maintained by a man called Steve Silk who is the author of The Wherry Man’s Way, a guide to the 35 miles between Norwich and Great Yarmouth on the Wensum and Yare rivers.
This guide is the fore-runner of what this project aims to provide for the Upper Bure. Steve has been kind enough to do a blog about us on his site so I thought it only right and proper to reciprocate. The Wherry Man’s Way can actually teach us something as well. It is now, thanks to Steve, fully guided and also way marked. We will eventually need to way mark and to do so in a consistent way so that all the markers are clearly identifiable as being related to this project. One of the things we will need to do this is some type of corporate identity in the form of a logo. Seems to me that is something we could ask our younger generation to design as we really do want to engage with them in this project.
Steve is a very modest man and has asked me to point out that the Wherry Man’s Way pre-existed his guide and was funded by European money. He writes “the project was conceived by a chap called Mark Wells who at the time was a local councillor and a Broads Authority member”. Steve adds “Using quite a lot of Euro-money they came up with a plan and then installed info boards, sculptures, signs, benches etc. They did a super job …. Much, much later I came along and wrote a book singing its praises”.
I hope Steve doesn’t mind but I’ve lifted a picture of one of the Wherry Man’s Way markers from his site to illustrate what I mean.