TF3401 : Track across Guyhirn Wash - The Nene Washes

taken 12 years ago, 3 km from Thorney Toll, Cambridgeshire, Great Britain

Track across Guyhirn Wash - The Nene Washes
Track across Guyhirn Wash - The Nene Washes
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The Nene Washes

The Nene Washes is a large area of grassland which can be deliberately flooded, it is generally known a washland. It is situated between the River Nene and a bank south of Mortonís Leam (The South Bank) and stretches for 12 miles from Peterborough to Guyhirn. The area is technically a giant flood reservoir. The washes have local village names, Guyhirn Wash, Wisbech St Mary Wash, Whittlesey Wash etc but are collectively known as The Nene Washes. One of the earliest Fenland drains, Mortonís Leam, dug in the late 15th century (before the nearby River Nene was straightened in the early 1700s) flows in almost a straight line parallel to the current course of the River Nene through the washes. At times of potential flooding along The Nene Valley water is channeled from The River Nene into Mortonís Leam and onto the washes. Water is released from The Washes via a sluice gate, see Link near Guyhirn and back into the River Nene at low tide when the threat of flooding the along The Nene Valley has subsided.

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Date Taken
Tuesday, 9 March, 2010   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 10 March, 2010
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Farm track   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 348 011 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:35.5013N 0:0.6089W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 349 011
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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