But let's start with the last of the Middle Levels and the crossing to Denver:
|From the wilds of the south west corner of the Middle Levels we retraced our outward cruise back through Benwick to Flood's Ferry Junction where a sign marks the junction. We turned right this time to March.|
Soon after Flood's Ferry we passed this sign indicating that we were crossing the Greenwich Meridian to go East of zero. There are not many waterways east of Greenwich and soon we were also to pass into Norfolk, a county more famous for the Broads than the waterways we were travelling.
|Here is Leo moored in March with the rather splendid Town Hall behind.|
We cycled south from the waterway (here in fact the old course of the River Nene) about a mile to the outskirts of March where we looked at St. Wendreda's Church. This is famous for the 118 angels on its hammerbeam roof. The angels are half human sized and were carved and mounted in the 15th century.
|Here is a closer view of just four of the angels. There are a few other churches where some roof angels remain but these are by far the best preserved and most spectacular.|
And here is a carving of St. Wendreda herself. She was around in the seventh century but the carving is about the same date as the roof angels.
In March Ian was taken with this fountain which was erected in 1911 to celebrate the coronation of King George V. The Health and Safety folk have taken away the drinking fountain in the middle but the outer structure remains.
On Tuesday we carried on to Outwell. The villages of Upwell and Outwell are curious in having a road either side of the central narrow navigation, like a High Street with water down the middle:
|A few miles from March we came to Marmont Priory Lock. The lock keeper is Maureen, now in her 80s, and she likes a few hours notice of your arrival. This lock takes you back up from the lowest levels and ready to enter tidal water.|
|Some of the bridges through Upwell and Outwell are quite low!|
|The channels through Upwell and Outwell are pretty narrow.|
|Here we are on Wednesday leaving Outwell and heading to Salter's Lode Lock where you can enter the tideway. Our time for the lock was midday and we arrived with time to spare.|
|Wells Creek also passes this Trig Point which may be the lowest in the country, unless of course you know different.|
|Here is the view of boats waiting for the lock which has 'V' gates on the Middle Levels side and a guillotine on the Ouse side.|
|And finally soon after 12.30 we were through and out on the tide. This shows us leaving the lock.|
|But here we are securely tied onto the pontoon waiting our turn.|
|A few miles up the broad River Ouse we moored on this rather unkempt mooring owned by GOBA (Great Ouse Boating Association) which we have joined to get access to their moorings. Hope they are not all as wild and covered with nettles as this one!|
|Here is a closer view of the cathedral again taken from the river.|
The nave of the cathedral is a splendid Norman vista with a wonderful painted ceiling.
|Leo is cruising through Ely in this photo taken on Saturday morning.|
|And here we are approaching Pope's Corner. To the right is the Old West River and to the left is the River Cam. We went left.|
|This is a sign at Pope's Corner. So it is off to Cambridge for us.|
|Our first lock for ages! This is Bottisham Lock on the Cam. Above here you need a different licence as the water is managed by the Cam Conservators, not by the Environment Agency. And Leo has never been here before.|
|Above the lock we passed this Enterprise dinghy. We used to own one so it was fun to see sailing on the Cam.|
|We are moored at Clayhithe not far above Bottisham Lock. Just the other side of the bridge is this splendid house with its fine Dutch style gable ends. It is or was owned by the Cam Conservators.|