The other side of Ely

Ely, just 15 minutes outside of Cambridge, is an obvious tourist destination for the history and religious buffs who meander through Cambridge with their eyes stuck to their viewfinders. Architecture enthusiasts and even boot scraper collectors also would find Ely a lovely day trip.

Boot scraper collectors. What do you mean by that? You mean slightly obsessive people who, whenever they see a boot scraper, must compulsively take a photograph of it?

Like this?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd this??

3396238551_a8c4214a7c_oI see what you’re saying –  where someone might scrape their boot before entering the house.

3396237729_c8cfa26aa5_oWhat a lovely little boot scraper!

Anyway, back on topic.

Besides the nutty bootscraper people (like me), walkers, ramblers, boaters and cyclists love Ely too, because it is far more than its Cathedral.

It’s also a riverside village on the Fen Rivers Way, a multi-river, multi-county walk that starts in Cambridge, winds its way up through Ely where its Cathedral dominates the horizon for many miles and finishes in Norfolk in King’s Lynn. It’s a 50 mile footpath, with Ely an obvious stop en route.

We only walked about one mile of the Fen Rivers Way. We were too full of brunch and had a 4 year old leading the way. But we took some fun photos, which is what this blog is all about. So I’ll stop blubbering on and get to it, shall I?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s a beautiful April Sunday, lovely day for a walk along the banks of the River Ouse.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARiverside table for five, please.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd yes, since I was well restrained last night, I will have a bottle of Rose.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd some chicharones for the table.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe local Ouse Cruise. (yes, it rhymes)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACheese menu? Yes please. We’ll need that before we head out on our walk:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA River Ouse edited OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANext time we’ll head toward the right, down the Fen Rivers Way.

So what have we learned today, boys and girls? Just because a town has a Cathedral, doesn’t make it a one trick pony. Canterbury has its tales, Lincoln its hill. Ely is all about lazy riverside afternoons.

That being said, I’ll leave you, and Ely, with the following panorama. We cannot ignore the main attraction, can we?

cathedral back garden

After all, who doesn’t want a back garden like that?

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