The non tidal River Nene navigation starts at the bottom of the Northampton Arm of the Grand Union Canal, and heads North West through Peterborough to Dog-in-a-Doublet lock. The Nene Valley is breathtakingly beautiful, and the navigation is almost deserted, so for someone who likes to get away from it all, it is almost perfect. The wetland habitats in the Nene Valley encourage an amazing variety of wild life and this video includes rare footage of several endangered species including a flying display by a red kite. The guillotine locks on the Nene have earned something of a reputation among canal boaters as being difficult to operate. The Environment Agency is embarked upon a programme of electrification and replacement of guillotines with conventional gates, or doors as they like to call them. The manual guillotines that remain are well looked after, so no reasonably fit canal boater should be put off. Fotheringhay, the birthplace of Richard III and the site of the beheading of the tragic Mary Queen of Scots is one of the most atmospheric places in Britain, and our coverage includes a trip to the top of the bell tower.