We moored overnight in the village of Prickwillow, but found that its 'Museum of Fenland Drainage' was closed that day. No problem, we could catch it on the way back, so we chugged on to see what the Lark was like. There were some very straight bits but the flood banks began to reduce a bit We passed 'The Pepperpot', a former land drainage windpump.
Apparently there used to be many of these in the early days of fen drainage, strung out along the banks of this river and others. The sinking land levels made them ineffective, and few remain.
After crossing several miles of fenland, we came to Isleham Lock, the only one on the Lark, and experienced the familiar shift of landscape as we rose only a metre or so, but soon found ourselves in wooded coutryside, leaving fenland behind. Only a couple of miles later and we reached the end of the navigation at Jude's Ferry, which turned out to be the name of the pub, not a village!
After a few more miles, we were looking out for the GOBA moorings shown in our guide book, and hoping that they would not be full up as it was getting a little late, moving from late afternoon to early evening. We found there was just one other boat there, and the moorings themselves were delightful - quiet and remote and in a good wildlife area.
Then back to the Great Ouse again, going under the road bridge at Little Ouse on our way, which seems to be very well-used for a bridge that looks like it belongs to a bygone age!
On the way, we saw some Great Crested Grebe with well-grown youngsters. They seem to have grown well this year – we only saw very few at the 'small chick' stage, when they often ride piggy-back on one of their parents' back. These ones were almost full size, with their curious, almost snake-like, stripey necks and heads.