Monday, 24th March 2014: As I write this is it halfway through April and my posts haven’t made it out of March! So I’d better be economical with the writing and try and catch up. The good news is that my cycling is still going strong (relatively strong anyway). The byways and bridleway are all drying up and becoming pleasant cycling routes again.
Spring is also
motoring cycling along (funny how car-centric our language has become) which definitely helps. Each time I go out on my bike the countryside has moved forward another step.
So this post will be one of few words (and not that many pictures. This rather strange thing being used to till the field looks rather like a cylinder mower – although the blades are bars rather than cutters. Although they might actually be blades – I guess it is simple and mechanically robust and presumably cheaper to buy.
Tilling a field alongside White Fen, Lodes Way
After crossing Swaffham Bulbeck Lode I went up the byway alongside the Lode.
Swaffham Bulbeck Lode byway
I then turned off and back around towards Rail Drove and back onto Lodes Way. At this time of year it is usual to see a few fields covered (with agricultural fleece or polystyrene) to warm up the soil to speed the germination and growth of plants.
Fleeced Fields of the Fens – Rail Drove, Lodes Way
The track just before Rail Drove has had some trees planted – the deer around here can be a nuisance as they can destroy saplings – whoever planted these trees was through.
Young Saplings under Guard from Deer – Rail Drove, Lodes Way
As usual I cycled through to Upware and then back through Wicken Fen, but for a change cycled down alongside Reach Lode towards Reach.
Drainage alongside Reach Lode
This is the track alongside Reach lode – in places it seemed pretty soggy – a leaky bank perhaps.
Reach Lode – Underbank
I then headed onto NCN51 and home.