A tight squeeze at Hermitage, and Wicken Fen

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

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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.DSCF7092 DSCF7093

Tidal stretch of the Ouse – Earith to BrownshillDSCF7094 DSCF7102

I was tempted to motor around this tree, but decided against…DSCF7111 DSCF7113 DSCF7117

Stopped at Westview Marina to clear the roof as much as possibleDSCF7124

Approaching Hermitage lock. Plan B was to go through the lock backwardsDSCF7125 DSCF7127 DSCF7128

Going down – a big sigh of reliefDSCF7129 Another boat  followed me throughDSCF7131 DSCF7133

GOBA mooring at AldrethDSCF7142

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You can see Ely cathedral in this picture – dead centre (approx.)DSCF7145

Heading back towards Pope’s CornerDSCF7157

Approaching the Lazy OtterDSCF7164 DSCF7166 Wicken Fen – some interesting cattle DSCF7174 DSCF7179 DSCF7180 DSCF7187

Back on the River Cam

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Ely comes into sight

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