A very quiet August Bank Holiday

Being out and about anywhere over the August Bank Holiday can be a nightmare because everywhere’s so busy with people taking advantage of the last days of the school summer break. No problem for us this year because we were not only on the quiet Great Ouse Relief Channel but heading towards the end at Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalen.

On Bank Holiday Monday I took advantage of the glorious weather to walk along the banks of the tidal Great Ouse.  Two and a half miles of river, birds, sheep, butterflies, dragonflies and poppies and not another soul in sight.

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Poppies

Apart from Gordon bringing the boat along the Relief Channel.

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We were the only boat moored at the village of Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalen, very pretty with a pub and a church. We did the full tour and visited both.

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Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalen with the pub beside the river and the Church at the other end

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The Cock Inn is a friendly pub that serves alcohol, crisps and nuts. We’d planned to have lunch there so we did – alcohol and crisps and very pleasant it was too. Not sure how it manages to survive in this remote spot but it did make a refreshing change from gastropubs. Revived by lunch at the Cock we wandered over to have a look at the church.

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Built from wool money in the 15th Century it’s got a wonderfully musty smell emanating from the old stone that took me straight back to family holidays in an old cottage on St Martins in the Isles of Scilly.

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View of the graveyard through the porch window

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One of the panels from the original Rood Screen

Looks like you'd need a bottle labelled  'Drink Me' to get through this door.

Looks like you’d need a bottle labelled ‘Drink Me’ to get through this door.

Not the most exciting of ways to spend a Bank Holiday weekend but very relaxing.

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