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Scholar Gypsy

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Scholar Gypsy last won the day on April 1 2014

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  1. Scholar Gypsy

    Prickwillow, Great Ouse

    If you mean the yog pot, sorry no idea...
  2. Scholar Gypsy

    Prickwillow, Great Ouse

    And here is the unofficial mooring right in front of the drainage museum. On right just after the bridge. You can see the fenced off moorings in the distance. If you moor here, moor facing upstream (as in photo) and turn around after lunch.
  3. Scholar Gypsy

    Prickwillow, Great Ouse

    Here is view from bridge looking downstream recently. Half is fenced off but still useable with care IMHO. The other moorings around the corner are still fine. Also you can moor on the right just after the bridge. Ask the museum for permission. A few submerged obstacles...
  4. Scholar Gypsy

    Prickwillow, Great Ouse

    Yes, easy. Go through bridge, turning sharp left. Then reverse towards the museum. Or you could turn clockwise if you like. Depends on the wind, really. Actually I am pretty sure you could turn below the bridge, but that would be a bit tight... Do check museum opening hours ...
  5. Scholar Gypsy

    Wondering if anyone has cruised the River Lark?

    Did you mean to tell us all that your parents took drugs?? Anyway, I had thought that the lock was built when the cutoff channel and associated works were completed in 1962. But it may be more recent than that, I'm not sure. You can see remains of an existing lock and weir quite a long way downstream, at Botany Bay. Sounds a good plan. I'm intending to do the same route, as part of a larger group. Also clockwise, but starting in Ely. May go via Braunston and Fradley rather than Leicester.
  6. Scholar Gypsy

    Wondering if anyone has cruised the River Lark?

    I nearly got nicely stuck at Brandon in November. The water level was about 18" below the normal level, due to very low fresh water flow over several months. I discovered a very nice gravel shoal that went most of the way across the river, about 100 yards below the weir (staunch). Eventually I found the gap (on the right/south side) and then got to deeper water to turn. At normal water levels it's easy to turn, as you say. Very pleasant walk along the river towards to Thetford. There is now some serious talk about restoring that section to navigation - not too much civil engineering would be necessary.
  7. Scholar Gypsy

    Wondering if anyone has cruised the River Lark?

    It is indeed rather narrow and shallow - there are moments where you are definitely gliding through the silt. I don't think I touched the bank with the bows, more that I carried straight on and then reversed around the corner. I can't promise I didn't use the pole. But it's different every time.... Burwell and Wicken are much easier. you can turn a 70' boat there. This is indeed the best way to turn here, the current takes the bows around very nicely.
  8. Scholar Gypsy

    Water levels on River Cam

    So here's the data I collected yesterday. I may have got a bit carried away, but there wasn't a lot else to do most of the time. cam_soundings.pdf I should really have got my GPS system running so that you could tie up the times with the positions more exactly, but I hope you can work it out! The sounder is a few cm below the water surface. Key points Most of the time there's quite a bit more water than 1 meter The Cam above Bottisham (Camcon) is generally rather deeper. I suspect this may be because it is quite narrow and most of the time the bank is piled with concrete There are some significant silt banks (well I assume they are silt rather than something more solid eg gravel) at various junctions, where tributaries or pumping stations discharge into the river. These are marked in yellow on the spreadsheet The water is indeed significantly deeper on the outside of bends. Sorry for the gap in data around the Plough Reach, but I was focussing on avoiding about a dozen rowing eights who were coming down for a race and crossing in front of me (and also responding to banter from the bank, given my boat's home port). There will be some photos on the blog shortly https://nbsg.wordpress.com/ Good luck. PS for any others, the new GOBA mooring is now open, on the right hand side just before you get to Horningsea. Named Baits Bite lock, which is a bit confusing.
  9. Scholar Gypsy

    Wondering if anyone has cruised the River Lark?

    The foilage had I think been cut back since then. Here it is on 2016, straightforward turn. Bows to the left, then reverse onto the Hythe (wharf)
  10. Scholar Gypsy

    Thames Lock - Limehouse Cut

    Thanks that's interesting. I wonder why the original link was closed. I would assume not due to wrangles about water, as both basin and cut were semi tidal at the time...
  11. Scholar Gypsy

    Wondering if anyone has cruised the River Lark?

    Unfortunately not. But a 58 foot boat will be able to get through the lock at Upware. I am pretty sure that Willow (72') has been turned at the head of the Wissey, Little Ouse (below Brandon lock) and Lark.
  12. Scholar Gypsy

    Wondering if anyone has cruised the River Lark?

    You do need good fenders if you moor at the pub. Jetty at right height to scratch your cabin sides. Islehan church worth a visit. Also worth walking above current head of navigation to Mildenhall. Several derelict locks to inspect. All three tributaries, and all three lodes at Upware, worth exploring. Good turning points for all six. I am in Ely tomorrow.. https://wp.me/p1Sf2V-1rS
  13. Scholar Gypsy

    Thames Lock - Limehouse Cut

    Interesting photos. You refer to the link from cut to basin being reinstated. I thought it was first built when that lock was filled in? Those first two bends on the cut are too tight for proper commercial use.
  14. Scholar Gypsy

    CRT Little Venice moorings

    So I keep my Oystercard, with automatic top-up, because: * it's much less of a problem (and financial risk) if I lose it. It just doesn't seem a very good idea to get a debit/credit card out in a crowded place * you get a nice summary at the end of the month so you can see where you have been * it's much easier for claiming refunds for incomplete journeys, and other errors * the online account enables me to offer advice to family members on more efficient ways of completing their journey. Some family members think the last point is a disadvantage ...
  15. Scholar Gypsy

    CRT Little Venice moorings

    PS do you know about the mysteries of Oystercard? You can get one for travelling around London, on trains, buses, Docklands Light railway, tubes, and river buses. You should get just as good a deal (automatic daily capping on what you are charged) using contactless debit cards. Buying individual tickets costs about twice as much.

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