Summer trip 2014 – part 1

A sort of circular route this year: 154 miles and 32 locks

  • In this blog entry: Ely – Brandon – Denver – Earith (via the New Bedford River). See the detailed timings and speeds for the NBR, and the (very boring!) GPS tracker.  As you can see from the former, the flood tide was quite weak, running at about 1 mph and lasting for about an hour of the upstream transit.

  • And in part 2: Earith – Bedford – Earith – Ely (via the Old West).

Setting off from ElyDSCF4089

Turning into the Little Ouse, at Brandon CreekDSCF4108

Brandon Bank  – not easy to find a mooring!


The washes, Little OuseDSCF4137

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Cut-off channel sluices etc, near Lakenheath

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Brandon – we are too long to go through the lock. This is the furthest East we can get on the inland waterway system.DSCF4143

Cycling in Thetford forest – really good value and only 45 mins walk from Brandon (once you work out the quickest route). Jane on the front of the tandem, Simon on the rear, Hugh eating lunchSAMSUNG DSCF4148
Washes, near Lakenheath
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Brandon bank – one of only six bridges on the riverDSCF4177

Approaching Denver sluiceDSCF4187

Water running through the sluice – it’s very close to low water


Setting off up the New Bedford River. 

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Welmore sluices – water from the washes is let out here after floodsDSCF4203

Welney nature reserveDSCF4207

Ely Cathedral visible in the distance (honest – just left of centre)

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The channel gets surprisingly narrow at times – but we had no problems with boats coming the other way….DSCF4210 DSCF4214

The weather got more threatening as we approached EarithDSCF4222 DSCF4230

The main BEND on the entire trip – very exciting! 


Safely on the pontoon at Hermitage – dropped Jane off to get the carDSCF4233 DSCF4237

Our mooring at Earith – the only time I paid for a mooring all week, and the only time I have spent the night on (allegedly) tidal watersDSCF4239

For the rest of the trip – to Bedford and back – see part 2



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