The Road goes ever on and on; Down from the door where it began;
Now far ahead the Road has gone; And I must follow, if I can;
Pursuing it with eager feet; Until it joins some larger way;
Where many paths and errands met; And whither then? I cannot say.

[JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings]

Sunday, 21 August 2011

East to West Photos: Day 7

26 March (0730-1700)
Distance: 22.5 miles (Tot: 130 miles) (Admiralty Point to N of Holbeach St Matthew)
Weather: cloud, two light showers, a chilling wind

I’m not sure why there aren’t more photos of this day, as we made our way around The Wash, via Sutton Bridge, to Holbeach St Matthew. I do recall that it was the coldest I got on the entire trip, so maybe that was why I didn’t get the camera out more.

Similar to the end of Day 6, most of this day was spent walking along sea defences, where on the seaward side were salt marshes and a sea view. The lumps in the photo below are two man-made islands; the second one in particular was deceptive in its position and seemed to be just ahead of us for hours upon hours, making us feel like we were making slow progress.Day 5-5 

About 150 yards away from the lighthouse in the photo below, directly across the River Nene, was another, matching, white lighthouse. There being not a bridge between them, we had to walk 6.5 miles to get to the one on the other side. On the plus side, we did get to see some of the industry on the river, and to meet an interesting family in Sutton Bridge when we gate-crashed their closed pub for a cup of tea.Day 5-1

There are no photos of the next 15 miles, even though my memory tells me that there were things that should have been photographed. Fifteen miles later, we were on the lookout for somewhere to pitch and were more than happy to find a perfectly flat area next to a pumping station and with the benefit of the camouflage of the green palings (funny to think that we were hiding behind gappy fencing), I was happy to pitch well before dark. As far as we’re aware, no-one passed by whilst we were there. Day 5-2The pitch may look a bit industrial from the photo above, but taken from a different angle it was completely inoffensive rural pitch (and I’m pleased to say that with the low water levels in the drainage channels, the pumping station didn’t suddenly start up during our stay).

Day 5-3

The original post about Day 7 can be found here.


  1. Hi folks, just in case anyone is interested the islands in your first photo were apparently experimental fresh water storage structures.
    Link to explanation seen on BBC.

    Cheers J.P.

  2. Hiding behind a gappy fence reminds me of a three year old who thinks that because they've covered their own eyes and can't see, you can't see them...

  3. JP - Thanks for that link. We had heard (via a comment on the original blog post) about those islands before we saw them, but it was interesting to follow your link and see them from above.

  4. Louise (oops, accidentally typed Louse there - good job I noticed!) - Actually, it was more like a three year old peering out between open fingers covering their eyes in the manner of 'I can see you but you can't see me'!

  5. Ho ho!
    (To add that my maiden was Flower would just be inviting trouble, no?!)