For the last few days we’ve been recovering from our adrenalin fuelled crossing of the Wash, taking our time and easing ourselves back into a slower pace. You’d be hard pushed to find somewhere more suitable for relaxing than the River Wissey. It’s the first of the three navigable tributaries that you meet when you pass through Denver Sluice. It’s small, it’s pretty and there’s not a great deal going on which suits us perfectly.
Our decision to become members of GOBA (the Great Ouse Boating Association) paid off straight away giving us free access to this lovely GOBA mooring. Nothing and no-one around and a lovely sunny evening to enjoy it all.
The next day I set out to walk the first couple of miles to Hilgay with Gordon giving me a head start and meeting me there. It was worth the effort, you get a totally different view of the river from the top of the flood prevention dykes than from the river itself.
For the most part the river is fairly narrow and rural…
…but at Wissington it suddenly opens out into a series of lakes…
…with a massive and pretty smelly sugar beet factory
Then it goes back to being narrow, peaceful and full of wildlife.
If the other two tributaries, the Little Ouse and the Lark are anything like as lovely, we’re in for a great few days cruising.