Thursday, 8 May 2008

March Re-visited

0 locks, 4 miles, Now moored at March town centre on the Middle Level Navigations

After a very quiet night at Flood ferry we arose to an eerie misty morning. We could see that once the sun had burnt off the mist we would be in for another fine day. Our first port of call was to Fox Boats at March where our narrow boating adventures began on Arctic Fox in 1995. Diesel prices in this neck of the woods is the highest we have found at 85p per litre and we were told that it's dearer on the Ouse but hopefully we won't need any until we return to the Nene. Due to the wind we had a bit of a problem winding and exiting Fox's marina but we got there without mishap.

The afternoon was spent shopping and sightseeing around the town. The Fenlands are a delightful area and reading some of the history of the whole Fens is fascinating as the man made drain and dykes go back to Roman times with on going improvements ever since. The ever present sight of wind turbines across the Fens is a sight that will please all those people, including ourselves, who support the use of renewable energy sources. It was good to see that some manufacturers are also backing this form of energy with McCains frozen foods having 3 wind turbines behind their processing plant supplying 60% of the power required to run the plant producing potato products, chips, french fries etc:

Our maps showed plenty of moorings in March but they are mostly private or local clubs so it wasn't until we reached to town centre that we found the 36 hour visitor moorings. After being moored for a while we were joined by 2 other narrow boats who are en-route to Leeds.

1128 locks, 1477½ miles, 41 Tunnels, 41 swing bridges and 19 lift bridges since Nov 2006

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