After fare-welling Judy and Ted, we stayed in Peterborough another couple of days. First to look around the massive Peterborough Cathedral, and then to avoid travelling in what turned out to be very windy and wet weather. After our spell of warm weather, this was most unwelcome. But we finally got away on Wednesday 7th June in very high winds but no rain and were soon through the Stanground lock and onto the Middle Level Navigations of the Fens.

What struck us very quickly was the flatness of the land, and that often we were unable to see above the banks of these very straight and rather boring waterways. So suffice to say that the cruising was not the highlight of this trip. It was the socialising and the architecture of the towns we visited. For much of this trip we traveled again with Jim and Chris (and of course their dog Gina) from NB Sylph. But we were also joined by Michael and Jane from Moody Blues for several sections, and once we all moored up it was party time. We actually managed a couple of very fine BBQs with excellent food and beverages flowing.

There were many highlights – a visit from our friends, Juliet and Keith, from Australia while we were moored near Downham Market; the aforementioned social evenings with Sylph and Moody Blues; a trip to historic Cambridge; the excellent Environment Agency moorings (who run these waterways)  and those provided by GOBA (Great Ouse Boating Association); the beautiful towns of Ely and St Ives; a few nice pubs; plentiful wildlife; some beautiful though quite hot weather.

And there were a number of lowlights – the long, straight, low stretches of waterways; a few mechanical and electrical hiccoughs with our boats; some very ordinary pubs; very few places to get diesel, difficulties finding moorings (full of mosquitoes, shallow edges, steep banks, private land, large amounts of weed and reed); and did I mention the often boring stretches of waterway?

All that said, we do not regret the decision to visit this area and overall the trip has been good. And there have been a few hair-raising moments as we crossed tidal sections with strong currents and high winds leading to a bit of anxiety as to where we would end up.

But we are now back on the River Nene retracing our steps back to Northampton over the next couple of weeks.

And when you travel with good friends, enjoying all the highs and lows together, life is pretty good.

4 Comments

  1. A good late night read Bron! We are having fun and it’s lovely to see Bob’s amazing photos to prove it. Looking forward to more adventures together and that swim in the River Nene. X

  2. Hi there has been a while,D day today colling trophy judgeing is on and what a lovley day for it cold and raining,don’t think we have got a hope in hell but see what happens.Sheryl and myself have just got back from Tassie had 2 weeks over there and it was great,the wheater was good only 1 day of rain.Kym from lock 4 has pulled the pin his last day was today don’t know if we r having a send of bbq,that is up to Robbie and Pat.Well time to go home and have a drink or 2 email u later. P.S hope u r both well

    • Hi Warren – good to hear from you and good luck with the trophy! Let us know. We are heading back to Australia in August for Corey’s wedding and will focus our time on seeing all our kids and grandkids. But will try and be at either the club or pub in Renmark one night to see whoever turns up. Will let you know. Tassie is pretty nice isn’t it. Take care and Cheers!!!

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