Braunston to Ely – April 2014

The main Easter cruise. 156 miles, 74 locks.

A sad wrench to leave Braunston after over ten years, but I felt it was time to explore a new part of the system, so have taken a mooring at Ely for a year (at least!).

Sparkling weather throughout – apart from some rain between March and Upwell – and a very enjoyable trip. Few boats around – we were the only boat through Denver in either direction on Good Friday.

Itinerary was:

  • Braunston to Stoke Bruerne
  • Stoke Bruerne, via the Nene to Peterborough, the Middle Level to Salters Lode,  and Denver Sluice, to Stoke Ferry (head of the Wissey)
  • Stoke Ferry to Downham Market, on the relief channel (for train access…)
  • Downham Market to Ely

There are a selection of photos here (many more available on request).

The banner above shows us moored at Thrapston Bridge, and the photo below is of us filling the water tank at Fotheringay on the Nene – probably my favourite water point on the system?

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