Day 35: March – Salter’s Lode

18 miles
1 lock

It was a lovely sunny day, quite a contrast to yesterday’s drizzle, making the trip much more enjoyable. We stopped on the moorings just below the Library in March to swap some library books, then carried on. The main town moorings are closed due to a recent land slip.

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Boats have taken to tying up opposite instead.

Then it was out along the old course of the Nene to join Well Creek and go through the lock at Marmont Priory. The twin villages of Upwell and Outwell looked lovely and we stopped for lunch by the church staithe in Upwell. The moorings there have been planted with all kinds if useful edible things: rhubarb, raspberry canes, strawberries, and a herb garden as well as flowers and roses in memory of members of the Well Creek Trust who care for the staithe. Well worth a stop.

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However we wanted to reach Salter’s Lode today so we’d be ready to go through tomorrow and so we didn’t stay long at Upwell. The last few miles from the villages to Salter’s are always a slog but the dry weather meant we could plug in the radio which was a great improvement!

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