Monday, 16 June 2008

Fishing season opens.

1 Lock, 4 miles now moored at Overton Lake, Ferry Meadows

After a bit of last minute shopping and an early lunch we left Peterborough for the last time, any returns here will have to be by bus or train. We only had a short trip to undertake so there was no hurry. Along the way we found fisherman staking their claims to their favourite fishing spots and getting ready for 3pm and the first cast of the season.

As we exited the only lock, 2 narrowboats approached in the opposite direction so we were able to leave the lock open for them. It was strange coming off the river and motoring across a man made lake. We found the moorings were floating pontoons and there was only one available so Kalimera went in first and we have breasted up against them. Since then 2 boats have left and we did find another single mooring further round the lake but we decided just to stay put for the night.

We have been for a walk around the lake which is 1 of 3 lakes here.They all are used for different activities such as sailing and boating, fishing and mooring facilities. There is a vast expanse of parkland with a kiddies playground, walkways. hire boats, 2 restaurants and a miniature train ride which is about half a mile end to end. Being a fine Sunday this was doing a roaring trade. There is plenty of open spaces for ball games and even kite flying.

When the lakes were being quarried for roading material the site of an old Roman settlement was uncovered and this has been saved and documented.

1174 locks, 1715½ miles, 41 Tunnels, 41 swing bridges and 19 lift bridges since Nov 2006

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