TL3299 : The Nene Way near Eldernell - The Nene Washes

taken 6 years ago, near to Eldernell, Cambridgeshire, Great Britain

The Nene Way near Eldernell - The Nene Washes
The Nene Way near Eldernell - The Nene Washes
Big skies, grass and water as far as you can see and not a soul in sight, yet so close to civilization.

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The Nene Washes
The Nene Washes is an area of seasonally flooding grassland (washland) lying between River Nene and a bank south of Mortonís Leam (The South Bank) and stretching for 12 miles from Peterborough to Guyhirn. 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 dug) 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 channelled from The River Nene into Mortonís Leam and onto the washes. Water is released from The Washes via a sluice gate, see LinkExternal 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, 23 April, 2013   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 24 April, 2013
Geographical Context
Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Grassland  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Air, Sky, Weather  Flat landscapes 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 3288 9965 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:34.7062N 0:2.4249W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 3224 9933
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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Washland  Nene Washes  Drain  Dike  River  Grass  Pasture  SSSI  RSPB Nature Reserve 

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