This is a unique cruising area and, rather like Marmite, you either love it or hate it. But if you are seeking complete peace and tranquillity, vast Fenland skies, unpolluted air and charming towns and villages, then this network of waterways – mainly built for drainage and flood protection purposes – is most definitely the place for you.
The MLN offer a link between the Great Ouse and the Nene, the normal route being via Well Creek, the Old River Nene, Whittlesey Dyke and King’s Dyke. But the real joy lies in exploring the numerous drains and dykes at the periphery of the system, including the Forty Foot, Twenty Foot and Sixteen Foot drains. Be sure to visit March, Ramsey and the twin ’Dutch-style’ villages of Upwell and Outwell. This is remote and adventurous cruising at its best and there is a hire base at March, so there really is no excuse for missing out on a very different cruising experience.