Fenland mist

Fenland mist at Stow-cum-Quy

Ratnagarbha visits the intriguing part of Cambridgeshire known as the fenland edges on a cold, dank and misty January morning.

A lone pine tree in the grounds of Stow-cum-Quy Hall

Stow-cum-Quy (no one seems quite sure how to pronounce it – ‘Stowkey’, or as it looks…?) anyway, it’s a village just outside Cambridge, to the east, on the edge of the Fens. The fenland edges are where the fens proper merge into the low rolling downs of South Cambs, or further out, the ferny Brecklands. They are not so ‘wide open’ as the deep fens, but have a lot of character. Stow Quay fen has a manor house attached to the village with some lovely mature parkland. There is a lake with swans, and an ornamental bridge. An air of neglect and resting on past glories.

The lake at Stow-Cum-Quy Hall Park

The small lake seemed like an enchanted world this dank misty morning, one could imagine one was in one of the great Parks of England such as Windsor or even Stourbridge Park.

The Park with ornamental wrought iron bridge, Quy Hall
Swan on the lake, Quy Hall
The Quy Water stream plunges into the depths of the woodlands surrounding the Hall
Closer to home the Cam also is misted out….

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