The land in this area is mostly below sea level. It’s protected by dikes, but you still need to pump out water that accumulates. Traditionally this was done by these wind powered pumps. You can still see the remains of them scattered around the landscape.
We weren’t there on a day when you could go to the top, but it was still interesting to see its boat-like construction.
The interesting thing about this canal is that the water level in it is about six feet above ground level. It’s kept in place with a pair of dikes.
If you follow the canal a short ways around a corner, you’ll get to Horsey Mere. This is a beautiful little lake which some of the boaters were enjoying on the day we were there.
They’ll be starting their breeding season pretty soon so there are restrictions on how close you can get, but there are so many of them, and they are so smelly and aggressive, that it seems like a good idea to enjoy them from a distance anyways.
After continuing our walk around Horsey (and stopping at a cute little cafe), we drove over to Stahlam where we stayed in a pub for a couple of nights. Stahlam is a bit larger than Horsey, and is centered on an enormous marina on the river Ant.
The marina is on Staithe road. Staithe is a local word which we kept running into. It means a place where boats load & unload. The name of the pub we stayed in was another local word: Hanser, which means heron.