Quite a lot of rain on Saturday, when I ran down the Old West. Paused at Stretham to arrange for the boat to be blacked later in the year. Just squeezed through Hermitage Lock (headroom ca 1.7m) , and explored the tidal section for an hour or two. Spent the night at Aldreth. On Sunday the weather was much sunnier, though still quite cold. To Wicken Fen for lunch and then back to Ely. Tidied the boat a bit, found my cards for learning the buoys…
Captions are above the photos to which they relate.
A couple of quite tame herons on the Old West
Herrmitage lock, where I locked up to the tidal Great Ouse. In the summer the rise is a few inches – rather more today. When the lock was full the headroom about 1.7m on the gauge. The water level at Earith (here) was 2.4m, which means the underside of the bridge is about 4.1m to the same datum. The bows were well under the bridge, so there was quite a bit of spare headroom going this way. The bridge is also not level, it’s quite a bit higher on the tidal side.
Back on the River Cam
Ely comes into sight