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Fenland Tour Summer 2001

12 - Dog In A Doublet to Outwell - River Nene and Middle Level, inc Stanground Water, Kings Dyke, Whittlesey Dyke, River Nene Old Course and Well Creek.

Monday 9th July 2001

Neil got up around 06.30 and wandered around the Dog-In-A-Doublet Sluice Complex taking pictures / video, also of the pub itself and the newly replaced road bridge. Mick appeared at 07.30 and we were off at 07.40, without any problems - Ah the wonders of what was to become the VERY used Gold Licence! 
A was then a hack up to Peterborough and then a left turn under the Railway bridge into Stanground Water and the start of the Middle Level at Stanground (08.45) Between 08.50 and 09.40 we stopped at Peterborough Boat Centre for diesel and finally a JC replacement of gas cylinder he borrowed from Neil. The young narrowboat fitter came down and had a good nose around Earnest. 
It was a slow process through the 12ft wide Stanground Lock as we had to go singularly. Much more housing development noticed to the north bank of King's Dyke at Stanground. Captain Beeky astounded himself and managed a turn at the infamous sharp Briggate bend in Whittlesey - without touching the sides. 
JC got somewhat confused at the newly extended Ashline Lock and tried to drain the reach above. The little derelict Lock Cottage had also been refurbished. Uneventful trip straight though to March. We saw The Petts narrowboat in Fox Marina - this is the one Andrew Hooke was fitting when Neil went up to R&D to discuss Earnest. We stopped on the Visitor Moorings (15.30 to 16.40), just beyond the Town Bridge, for a small shopping expedition. 
Coming out of March Dave Shorto - nb Eagle No5 (who was going to come back across the Wash and meet us up the Welland, but could not get a crew) gave Neil a ring. Neil stood on the roof and when an approaching narrowboat was spotted, Dave said is that you in a white Cutweb T shirt, on top of your boat!!!??? We stopped and coupled bow to bow for a good salty chat........until disturbed by an approaching Fox Hire Boat. 
It then started to seriously rain, which lasted all day. The famous Norton family locky crew (who now own and originally saved the lock from being filled in and culverted) came out at Marmont Priory Lock, in the pouring rain and sped us on our way. 
Above here and into Upwell and Outwell it became very shallow, but at least the weed had been pre pulverised by boat passages. After a few aborted stops and phone around for a pubs that were doing food we eventually dropped Ian Clarke off at the “Wisbech Canal” (long filled in) moorings to take a Taxi to pick up his car, that had been abandoned in Surfleet Seas End. 
We ended up in the Crown Lodge Hotel (21.10), which was on the outskirts of Outwell. Still pouring with rain. JC had gone ahead and had checked it out. It did food until 22.00, which meant that Ian C could get something to eat when he returned. The Crown Lodge was a strange place, it had been converted from a car showroom / petrol station! But OK food / Green King ales and not too expensive. Ian eventually arrived at 21.45, just as we were finishing our starters. After the main course Neil nearly dozed off, sitting up..........Oh!.......the strain of “Command”!!!

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Looking down the Tidal Nene Outfall from the B1040 Bridge. Dog - In - A - Doublet

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Looking up at Dog - In - A - Doublet Sluice from the B1040 Bridge.

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Dog - In - A - Doublet pub and old bridge piers. Thorney River Sluice is also here.

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Looking up at Dog - In - A - Doublet Sluice from the B1040 Bridge.

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The new B1040 Bridge. Dog - In - A - Doublet

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Dog - In - A - Doublet pub

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Dog - In - A - Doublet Sluice.

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Dog - In - A - Doublet Sluice.

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Dog - In - A - Doublet Sluice.

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Dog - In - A - Doublet Sluice.

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Dog - In - A - Doublet Sluice - looking up the River Nene.

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Night time moorings in Dog - In - A - Doublet Sluice for Earnest and Frogmoore.

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Looking down the Nene Outfall from Dog - In - A - Doublet Sluice.

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Rather large bollard. Dog - In - A - Doublet Sluice.

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Dog - In - A - Doublet Sluice. Golden Jubilee Plaque

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Looking back at Dog - In - A - Doublet Sluice. River Nene.

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River Nene.

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The new Bridal Way bridge at Northey. River Nene.

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Approaching Peterborough. River Nene.

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River Nene - the turn under the Railway Bridge onto Stanground Water.

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Stanground Water.

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Peterborough Boat Centre. Stanground Water.

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Stanground Lock onto Middle Level to right - Morton's Leam to left. Stanground Water.

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Morton's Leam from Stanground Water.

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Waiting for Stanground Lock. Stanground Water.

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Stanground Lock. King's Dyke. Middle Level.

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Leaving Stanground Lock. King's Dyke. Middle Level.

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King's Dyke. Middle Level.

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Andrew Goodland, Terry Streeter and Doug Goodland. King's Dyke. Middle Level.

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Edge of Stanground housing development. King's Dyke. Middle Level.

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Looking down the River Nene Old Course to Farcet and Yaxley - now no longer navigable. King's Dyke. Middle Level.

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King's Dyke. Middle Level.

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Mc Cain Chip Foundry. King's Dyke. Middle Level.

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King's Dyke. Middle Level.

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A605 Field's End Bridge. King's Dyke. Middle Level.

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JC "Tractor Boy" new girl friend! King's Dyke. Middle Level.

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Approaching Whittlesey. King's Dyke. Middle Level.

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Whittlesey - railbridge. King's Dyke. Middle Level.

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Whittlesey. King's Dyke. Middle Level.

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The B1040 Bridge. Whittlesey. King's Dyke. Middle Level.

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Briggate Bend Whittlesey. King's Dyke. Middle Level.

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Whittlesey. King's Dyke. Middle Level.

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Whittlesey. King's Dyke. Middle Level.

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Looking back at the Briggate Bend. Whittlesey. King's Dyke. Middle Level.

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Ashline Lock. Whittlesey. King's Dyke. Middle Level.

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Ashline Lock. Whittlesey. King's Dyke. Middle Level.

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Ashline Lock - extension plaque. Whittlesey. King's Dyke. Middle Level.

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The newly extended Ashline Lock. Whittlesey. King's Dyke. Middle Level.

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Leaving Ashline Lock, Whittlesey Dyke. Whittlesey.

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Whittlesey Dyke. Whittlesey.

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Whittlesey Dyke. Whittlesey.

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Middle Level Commissioners weed boat. Whittlesey Dyke.

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Ian Clarke has been co-opted as Frogmoore crew. Whittlesey Dyke.

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John Chapman. Whittlesey Dyke.

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Neil having yet another VHF conversation with JC!  Whittlesey Dyke.

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Synchronized boating. Whittlesey Dyke.

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Coming up to Angle Corner Cross junction. 20ft River to left and Bevill's Leam to right. Whittlesey Dyke.

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Leaving Angle Corner Cross junction. Whittlesey Dyke.

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MLC signpost. Whittlesey Dyke.

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Whittlesey Dyke.

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Coming up to Burnt House Bridge. Whittlesey Dyke.

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Floods Ferry Junction. Looking back up the River Nene Old Course to Ramsey.

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We are now on the River Nene Old Course to March. Floods Ferry Bridge.

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Staffurth's Bridge. River Nene Old Course.

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River Nene Old Course.

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The A141 Bridge. March. River Nene Old Course.

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Bella - a rather short narrowboat. March. River Nene Old Course.

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March. River Nene Old Course.

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March. River Nene Old Course.

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Town Bridge. March. River Nene Old Course.

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Town Bridge Visitor Moorings. March. River Nene Old Course.

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Town Hall. March. River Nene Old Course.

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March. River Nene Old Course.

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Leaving March. River Nene Old Course.

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Coming up to 20 Foot End, the junction with the 20 Foot River. River Nene Old Course.

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Looking down the 20 Foot river.

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The extended Marmont Priory Lock. River Nene Old Course.

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Marmont Priory Lock. River Nene Old Course.

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Marmont Priory Lock. River Nene Old Course.

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Leaving Marmont Priory Lock. River Nene Old Course.

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River Nene Old Course.

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Upwell. River Nene Old Course.

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Upwell. River Nene Old Course.

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Upwell. River Nene Old Course.

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Upwell. River Nene Old Course.

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Upwell. River Nene Old Course.

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Upwell. River Nene Old Course.

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Doug Goodland and Ian Clarke. Upwell. River Nene Old Course.

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Upwell. River Nene Old Course.

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St Peter's Church and Five Bells pub. Upwell. River Nene Old Course.

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Upwell. River Nene Old Course.

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Upwell. Five Bells pub / church Visitor Moorings. River Nene Old Course.

The Tour continues


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