A very relaxing trip over the Easter break to Hartford Marina (on the outskirts of Huntingdon) and back.
We set off after lunch from Ely, stopping for the first night at Aldreth on the Old West River. On day 2 we had a long stop at the Dolphin moorings in St Ives, while I polished the port side paintwork and Hugh cycled up and down the guided busway a few times. After lunch we did one more lock to moor up on the island at Houghton.
On day 3 we went up to Hartford to empty the Elsan and buy a couple of extra mooring pins. Then back down to Noble’s Field in St Ives – first time I had moored there – sharing a lock with the friendly EA patrol boat (Andy H on board). A short trip after lunch (and about three hours engine time all day!) to moor at Holywell, where I polished the starboard side of the boat. Hugh did some more cycling and got rather lost, so only reappeared at 2115, by which time Jane and I had had supper in the pub.
On Easter Day Jane and I went to a rather magical open air service at the church at 0630, and then a good cruise back to Aldreth for roast lamb and all the trimmings. On the way we rescued a broken down boat at Brownshill staunch.
We stopped for our last night at Little Thetford, which I finally got around to exploring. Brief run back to Ely on Monday morning, and then packed up and drove home.
Shoals near Twenty Pence bridge on the Old West – well marked
Moored at Holywell – more polishing to be done and some more work on the flowers. Then to the pub for dinner.
Heron or Crane?