|The delightful Old West River|
Last time we headed upstream from Ely we branched left onto the River Cam. This time we forked right, in front of the recently reburbished Fish & Duck marina, onto the Old West.
|Passing the restored steam powered fen pump house at Stretham|
The reason for the change of pace lie in the origins of the river. Originally it was a meandering stream flowing westwards (hence the name) which the Romans linked by canal to the Bedford Ouse at Earith and then in medieval times the river was joined to the Cam to complete the current route.
|Lovely narrow tree lined stretch above The Lazy Otter pub|
|Derelict boat slowly being reclaimed by the countryside|
We moored for the night at the GOBA moorings near Aldreth, a spot of utter tranquility with not a sound to be heard apart from the occasional bird call. The sun had shone all the way from Ely and it continued to shine today as we continued toward Earith.
|Our remote and peaaceful mooring near Aldreth|
And we were greeted by another old friend - the famous Earith seal, swimming happily in the river and a few minutes later munching on a large fish. Because of the open link through to the Wash seals routinely find their way here and bask on the jetties at nearby Westview Marina. Which is where we too basked in the evening sun at the end of a delightful day.