Bury Brook is a fascinating river flowing through the centre of Huntingdonshire taking in Broughton, Wistow, Bury and Ramsey along the way. Over its course it changes in appearance greatly and even changes name: it is commonly called the High Lode after it has flowed though Ramsey and the Bury Brook before hand.
Last Friday on a fairly wet November day I went for an explore of the river in and around Ramsey – apart form getting very wet feet (new walking boots called for) I also took lots of photos in order to show the changing face of this river over a relatively short distance. The first two photos I could call ”now you see me, now you don’t” and were taken on the southern outskirts of Bury near the Rothschild Way – some parts of the river were very overgrown and I struggled to see any water at all:
The river then heads towards Ramsey and passes through the golf course to the south of the town, it is easily accessible here and seems to vary from ‘managed’ to slightly more natural in appearance:
The river then approaches the town where it disappears from view – it enters into two tunnels flowing under the main high street in Ramsey – the Great Whyte – and emerges to the north of the town near to the community centre and Tesco supermarket. It has now become the High Lode and is navigable from this point on. (Picture with boat taken in June!)
After this the river flows steadily northwards towards the River Nene (Old Course) which it joins about two miles north of Ramsey.
As you can see it has the appearance of a much more typical Fenland river here – navigation and water management being primary considerations.
Next week: Bury Brook further upstream