Through The Deep, and Straight Dykes

Once again we had a day off yesterday as we’re not really in a rush.

We’ve now changed our destination, and will be turning around at Isleham Lock on the River Lark. We’ve managed to book into a marina at Isleham Lock for £20 a night, electricity included! Marinas appear to be expensive in this area, we even met a boater the other day who paid £35 a night at one marina. We have also arranged to go by train from Ely to Cambridge to avoid the £75.00 return taxi fair. Being a tourist is an expensive business!

After a bit of a shuffle around because a boat had breasted against us, we headed towards Ashline Lock. As I worked the lock I found it rather awkward, the windlass is worked using the same motion as ‘stirring a cake’. If the windlass was dropped it would be lost, and so would we!

Some of the bridges are quite low. The one in the pic below was quite deceiving; I saw the bridge approach, yet because the sun was in my eyes, I didn’t realise there was a metal girder beneath. It was John that suddenly realised I hadn’t seen the girder at the last minute, and yelled for me to duck. Seriously think this girder should have red and white stripes on it.

Whittlesley Dyke was quite boring, couldn’t see many landscape features being down below the dyke.

Leaving Whittlesey Dyke, and onto ‘Old Nene’

Twenty Foot River Junction. Not many turn in that direction with a 1.6m headroom!

“Fer lob a dob”

We had thought we’d find a ‘wild mooring spot’, but that proved impossible. Nothing for it but to continue to March.

John was getting a bit agitated as 1.00 pm was approaching fast – the England vs Panama game. He did manage to hear the first two goals on the radio, before we eventually found a 48 hour mooring on the edge of March. We frantically moored. The air turned a deep shade of blue for a while as the digital TV reception, and the wifi connection wasn’t too stable. Still, all was well in the end, thanks to the endless replays!

Edited to add today’s diary (25/06/2018)

Once again we’re having a ‘day off’ from travelling. The sun is glorious, and John’s busy polishing Cyan. At least one side of her is looking pretty smart.

Tomorrow we’ll be moving through March, and through Marmont Priory Lock, we’ve booked a 1:00 pm passage with the lock keeper.

Yesterday we travelled 10.5 miles, and through 1 lock. We’ve 34 miles, and 3 locks until our present journey’s end.

6 thoughts on “Through The Deep, and Straight Dykes

  1. Sounds like you are stopping at Riverside Island. We moored here for a year. It’s an unusual place with lodges on their own canals. If you walk around the island you will pass our mooring on the bank side at the far end. It’s a 15 minute walk in to the village with a couple of nice pubs. It’s 4 hours from Denver.
    You will also pass the moorings we moved to. It’s a line of about 15 boats on floating pontoons opposit the Pepper-Pot about 45 minutes up River.
    Watch your head at Outwell!

    • Yes, that’s were we staying for 3 nights. John’s sister lives in Bury St Edmunds, Riverside Island looks to be the nearest we can get to Bury. She’s coming to dog sit for us on the boat while we go to a concert in Cambridge. Rusty gets really anxious, it really is pitiful – it’s a long story. We’ve now to think where do we go for our next trip from the River Lark? Have I got this right that this is your mooring. If you need us to take photos etc. while we’re there, just let us know. Thanks for your advice once again. Jen

  2. Hi,
    no it was our mooring a couple of years ago. We are on the Shroppie now.
    I assume you have spoken with the marina about your arrival. The reception is nowhere near the moorings and only manned sporadically. Sue is the manager but if he’s around John is the ‘harbourmaster’ and will sort you out.
    If you have the time explore the Little Ouse and the Wissey. Nice and quiet with some good moorings. Both an easy 2 days each way. If you like to tick things off. Brandon at the end of the Little Ouse is the most easterly point on the connected network.
    Some of the figures in the Imray Guide showed that the winding at the end of these and the Lodes are too small but we winded our 58 foot boat ok.
    Ely is not to be missed and the moorings by the park are very pleasant.
    Head as far as you can on the Great Ouse it becomes very different to the wide and empty landscape you will be passing through early on.
    Don’t worry about the scary tales of Salters Lode to Denver, just follow the instructions from Paul the lockie. Hire boaters do it so you will be fine.
    If you get to Salters Lode early there are good moorings and it’s worth taking a look at the river. It’s amazing how quick it rises and falls and why Paul tells you not to cut the corner when you come out of the lock.
    The Denver complex is an awesome site and worth a stop. The pub does good food too.
    Enjoy.

    • Thanks Steve, there’s a mine of information there! Because we’re not in any hurry, our passage through Salter’s lock is booked for 9:30 am on Friday, so hopefully we’ll able to rise early to see the Great river.
      You info is brilliant…. thank you Jen

    • Hi John, thank you for the link, great reading and information! It’s always good to hear other’s experiences just so we’re warned of any surprises. Regards, Jen

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