The River Great Ouse weaves through the flat landscape of East Anglia from Bedford into The Wash National Nature Reserve.
Combined with its tributaries, the Rivers Cam, Lark and Little Ouse, it offers 140 miles of navigable waterways for you to explore, owing through some of the most unspoilt water environments in Britain
Setting off downstream you will reach Brampton Mill lock, where there is a bar, restaurant and plenty of moorings either outside the mill or further downstream on the left hand side. Next stop is Godmanchester lock and if you take the right fork before passing through, you can moor and walk in to Godmanchester.
After the lock you will reach Huntingdon and Hartford, both offering moorings if you wish to walk into the town centres. The pretty, award winning village of Houghton awaits at the next lock and then onto Hemingford where we recommend you moor at Hemingford Grey enjoying the refreshments offered in the historic village.
Suitably refreshed, cruise on toward St Ives where you can moor up at the field before the arch bridge with its integral church adjacent to the Dolphin Hotel. Further moorings are on the Town Quay giving access to the town centre.
Travelling on to Holywell, moor up at Pike & Eel Hotel & Restaurant and perhaps visit the ‘haunted’ pub on the bank side.
Brownshill Staunch is the next lock that you pass through, after which you will encounter a touch of salt water and it is good to be aware of the tidal rise and fall should you decide to moor up on this stretch.
The next lock that you reach is Hermitage lock. As you approach you will pass the entrance to the New Bedford River or Hundred Foot as it is sometimes described. From here it is possible to navigate this river non-stop all the way to the port of Kings Lynn and beyond into the Wash. However it is important to note that it is a tidal river and boaters must be sure of the tide times, tidal flow and the distances involved (a chat with the lock keeper is recommended).
Should you choose to pass through Hermitage this takes you on to the Old West river, this river slowly twists and turns its way to Popes Corner, taking the right fork here will take you to the river Cam and nally to Cambridge.
Proceeding on downstream you will eventually arrive at Ely, here there are plenty of moorings and just a short walk away it is possible to visit the lovely city centre and the world famous Cathedral. There are also plenty of bars and restaurants along the quayside.
Reversing the route and journey back to Buckden, is in my opinion a lovely relaxing weeks cruise.