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Sunday A walk from St. Ives
July 1, 2012 @ 8:45 am - 4:00 pm
The walk starts on the old bridge in St Ives by the Dolphin Hotel and approached from the A14 turning to St Ives. Take the 2nd left turn to Hemingford Grey then turn almost immediately right and park on or near the bridge. Ref 314714
The route starts through a marina and on to the path alongside the river but up on a levee, just beyond a Marina we cross over to the other bank and walk to Earith for a lunchtime drink, having had lunch in a meadow. The walk back to St Ives is through Holywell and owls have been seen on this route in day time.
Easy walking on the flat
Fen and river landscape
Wild fowl on the river
A bit of history:
To the North East of Earith, between the Old Bedford River and the New Bedford River lies the remains of an English Civil War fort known as Earith Bulwark. It is believed to have been constructed as early as 1643, to fortify the crossing point of the River Ouse. Many fenland inhabitants resented the Royalists because they believed that the King’s drainage projects undertaken by Dutch engineer Cornelius Vermuyden, had damaged their livelihoods
Holywell is a Saxon ring village, one of only three in Cambridgeshire.The holy water well a natural spring, from which the village takes its name is located in front of the church.