TL2799 : Winter sunshine over Whittlesey Wash - The Nene Washes

taken 6 months ago, near to North Side, Peterborough, Great Britain

Winter sunshine over Whittlesey Wash - The Nene Washes
Winter sunshine over Whittlesey Wash - The Nene Washes
The River Nene is in the foreground
The Nene Washes

The Nene Washes is a large area of grassland which can be deliberately flooded, it is generally known a washland. It is situated between the River Nene and a bank south of Mortonís Leam (The South Bank) and stretches for 12 miles from Peterborough to Guyhirn. The area is technically a giant flood reservoir. The washes have local village names, Guyhirn Wash, Wisbech St Mary Wash, Whittlesey Wash etc but are collectively known as The Nene Washes. One of the earliest Fenland drains, Mortonís Leam, dug in the late 15th century (before the nearby River Nene was dug) flows in almost a straight line parallel to the current course of the River Nene through the washes. At times of potential flooding along The Nene Valley water is channelled from The River Nene into Mortonís Leam and onto the washes. Water is released from The Washes via a sluice gate, see LinkExternal link near Guyhirn and back into the River Nene at low tide when the threat of flooding the along The Nene Valley has subsided.

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Date Taken
Sunday, 17 January, 2021   (more nearby)
Monday, 18 January, 2021
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Flat landscapes 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 2701 9921 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:34.5530N 0:7.6296W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TL 2709 9930
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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Flood  Flood Storage Reservoir  Flooding  Nene Washes  Washland  River Nene  Sun 

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