Yesterday was warmer than Tuesday, and today’s been better than yesterday, so things are finally on improving. At last!
Across the park this morning, the moorings are just down on the right.
You can see why Meg liked it here!
Heading towards Town Bridge and the service wharf, someone’s burning rubbish!
March is well worth a visit, I didn’t spend a lot of time exploring but what I did see was encouraging. It seems to have developed at around the end of the 19th century, judging by the buildings, and must have been quite wealthy.
The old Middle Level Commissioners offices.
Memorial fountain commemorates the coronation of George V
We used the facilities, then carried on, under High Street Bridge.
At the edge of the town there’s a collection of military vehicles…
The river course winds gently across the flat fenland, passing the junction with the Twenty Foot River and Popham’s Eau. Popham’s is a short cut to above Salter’s Lode to built to carry flood water away from Upwell and Outwell,but it’s not navigable beyond it’s junction with the Sixteen Foot Drain, or Middle Level Main Drain, at Three Holes.
Popham’s Eau heads off just north of east to terminate at a sluice at Nordelph
There is a large, 25 unit, windfarm near the Twenty Foot River Junction.
You don’t realise how big the turbines are till you get up close and personal!
I’m a bit confused with the water flows around here. At Ashline Lock just outside of Whittlesey we came down, now at
Marmot Priory Lock
We were intending to moor in Upwell or Outwell, but it was such a pleasant day we pushed on. The two villages are pretty well joined end to end. Upwell is first, at the UPstream end of WELL creek, Outwell is where it flows out. Although there’s negligible flow at normal levels.
It’s very quiet along here, we’ve only seen four boats all day. The moorings in both villages were empty.
The channel is shallow and narrow as runs through the villages.
There’s a sharp bend In Outwell where the Wisbech Canal used to branch off. I hadn’t realised, but Wisbech is less than 5 miles to the north.
Pleasant moorings here, too.
Just over a mile on, the creek crosses the Middle Level Main Drain, the long, straight channel that connects with the Forty Foot or Vermuyden’s Drain near Chatteris.
Middle Level Main Drain from Mullicourt Aqueduct
Cornelius Vermuyden was the Dutch engineer who proposed and implemented the initial land drainage schemes for the fens in the mid-1650s. He’d already had a lot of experience in his native country.
If you stray off the Link Route from the Nene to the Ouse you need a good map…
Just over a mile after the aqueduct we pulled in on a short mooring on the north bank. It’s alongside the Downham Road but the bank is wide and high here. The staging has seen better days…
We could have pushed on the last 3 miles to Salter’s Lode, but it was already 3 o’clock, and we don’t have to be there till half-two tomorrow for our short tidal trip.
Locks 1, miles 11