Thursday 25 October 2018. One of the good things about being retired and single is that I can more or less please myself what I do and when. I’d been to the gym for the last 3 mornings and really didn’t feel like doing much when I got out of bed today. However, as dawn broke, I could see that it was going to be a “good weather” day and the opportunity to go for a walk couldn’t be missed.
I’d been thinking for a while about devising a walk from Ely which would initially head south to cross the River Great Ouse on the walkway attached to the side of the newly constructed bypass road which officially opens on 31 October. I would then come back into Ely on the opposite bank of the river before starting a more northerly loop. Well, I was a little too early as the walkway construction won’t be completed until late November 2018. Had I read this Newsletter first then I would have been aware of this. After taking a few pictures, I retraced my steps back into town for a coffee break by the riverside.
It is school half-term and the path leading north out of Ely on the Fen Rivers Way up to the Cuckoo Bridge was a little busier than it might otherwise have been. Soon after, I crossed the River Great Ouse to follow the Hereward Way and the Ouse Valley Way out to Queen Adelaide. A short section of road walking was a little hazardous due to the lack of a pavement but this was soon done with and I followed a small footpath beside the railway line which took me to a track crossing just above Ely North Junction. It is intended that “on safety grounds” this crossing will be closed in the not too distant future with a detour being put in place from the B1382 just west of Queen Adelaide.
It wasn’t long before I was crossing another section of railway track to follow the path into the grounds of Ely Sailing Club where I stopped for lunch overlooking Rosewell Pits. It was very tranquil here with only the sound of wildfowl breaking the silence.
The last leg of the walk took me to the south of the lakes to follow roads back into Ely market square. A quick walk through the grounds of Ely Cathedral and I was back at my starting point outside The Maltings. The walk was 7.6 miles but will be more like 8 miles when including the new bypass river crossing. It is too late to include this walk in the winter programme but it will be slotted in somewhere next summer.