Cleddau and Tentatrice both arrived thirsty on Monday afternoon. Fuel at the Cathedral Marina was expensive (the only tax split the marina allows is 60% propulsion , 40% domestic heating and lighting) but while waiting to refuel life on the river proved entertaining. You can hire water bicycles. You can watch the King’s School squads go out in their rowing boats;
and even one flying in the boatyard sling
so its hull could be pressure washed.Mooring at Ely is a bit of a pot luck situation. However, at about 2pm, a cruiser pulled away from the wall opposite the marina,
The walk uphill to the shops seems far steeper than the gentle stroll through the Cathedral grounds to the massive buildings on top of the hill.
A Total Experience ticket at the Cathedral buys you a tower tour too.
Since AD 673 there has been a church on the site; there have been demolitions and re-buildings, tower collapses and new additions. But what Ely Cathedral is particularly famous for is its unique to England (14th century) octagonal Lantern Tower which sits above the Crossing. The model shows the wooden structure that supports the tower,
To get to the upper levels of the Lantern Tower requires some roof-walking...
Back at ground level a school visit was in full swing: Year 3 pupils were investigating Light (stained glass, the building’s shape) and Sound (musical tones, the organ, the acoustic qualities of the wonderful Lady Chapel).
What else can the visiting boater do in Ely? Find the new Sainsbury’s (quite close to the riverside), seek out the West End launderette (less than a mile away), feast on delicious ice-cream and, if so inclined, browse in bookshops or even ponder whether Oliver Cromwell,
Tomorrow, Thursday, westwards towards Earith.
(Stats: No change from the previous post)