Entering Wicken Lode we were immediately into a very narrow and shallow channel. I thought we were probably getting weed round the prop, but going into astern every now and then didn't make much difference to our speed - or lack of it. We were down to 1.2 to 1.6 mph.
It was often tricky to see the channel, surrounded as we were by reeds and rushes.
Here it is having just overtaken us on its way back to the end of the lode. We had to squeeze to the side to allow it to pass each time.
|the end of Wicken Lode|
Half a mile further on we turned left onto Burwell Lode.
|Burwell Lode to the left; Reach Lode continues right|
Our speed quickly dropped again as the channel narrowed and the weed made its presence felt. We made it to the end OK, though, winding where the lode splits in two and tying up on the EA mooring.