Outdoors

Fenland

The pleasure of exploring the Fens by boat comes from the calm unspoilt waters. For the cruising sailor, the rivers and waterways of the Fens offer much by way of tranquil leisure time afloat. The waterways are Fenland’s hedges, home to all sorts of wild creatures, such as otters, kingfishers, hares and foxes. The River Nene is one of the main entry points for craft from sea, offering a link to Fenland Waterways, the Grand Union Canal near Northampton and from there to routes as far as Yorkshire and Surrey. To enjoy our waters, you can hire a boat from Fox Narrow Boat Ltd, based in March, which is on the middle level and Fenland Waterways. Taking a trip from here connects to the river Ouse and Nene, alongside some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain. The rivers run through Fenland market towns, March is a pretty market town with the river winding its way through the town centre. Attractive towns like Whittlesey, or villages like Upwell and Outwell on the Norfolk border, are all reachable by boat. The Nene-Ouse Navigation Link, a 28-mile stretch of tranquil river, links the River Nene at Peterborough with the River Great Ouse near Denver and passes through the market towns of Whittlesey and March next to many pretty waterside cottages and gardens. Narrow boats of up to 70 feet are able to pass all locks, but special arrangements need to be made at Salters Lode Lock for boats longer than 63 feet as they can only pass onto the Great Ouse at certain states of tide.

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