How many were going to St. Ives? Well, we did, and after leaving Ely, toured along a fairly uneventful ditch/drain to Earith. A nice mooring on the river beside a marina, and then on to St. Ives. We wandered around the ‘bank-holiday’ market (long weekend holiday for Canadians) and enjoyed the atmosphere. Then on to St. Neots, where we moored for the evening, enjoying a pub meal and short wander around.
This is river cruising, on the River Great Ouse. There is LOTS to see, with small villages (with the requisite church- some with spires and some with just square towers), and mills, etc. There was more boat traffic than we had encountered cumulatively, previously, seemingly all out for a holiday cruise. Many rental (hire) small outboard powered boats with people that had no idea at all about locks, steering, etc. Quite entertaining! Also other interesting craft, including a Cambridge punter, lots of rowers: crew, and antique rowboats.
This is an enchanting part of the country to cruise in: I had been advised that we would be bored quickly with the flat country and nothing to see but banks. True- for about 5km, but the rest has at least as much to see as any other part of the waterways system I have cruised. The trees are magnificent in their blooming: chestnut, hawthorn, and many others.