The kink in the Western bank between Earith and Sutton Gault is the ‘Gullet’ it’s a feature I can’t fly directly over, unless its blowing a gale, as it forms one corner of the approach to Meadowlands aerodrome. The Gullet is where the bank is diverted around a deep pool at the point where Tubb’s Drove meets the Old Bedford River, my guess is this was an important cattle watering hole prior to the creation of the Washes requiring access over the bank in summer.
The Gullet has 3 surviving supports for the experimental Hovertrain track which was built on the bank in 1973. Apart form the shed at Earith the 3 concrete piers are all that survives of the project.
The great days of wind and steam powered pumps are over. Gall Fen is drained by this modest installation.
There was a real kick (20-25mph) in the wind but the Easterly vector is rare event and I wanted to exploit it. Good soft kites for this kind of wind speed have been a problem and the KAPfoil 1.6 is the 3rd candidate on test. The Didak Explorer 1.6 does well but is fairly mobile, the ITW Ultrafoil 15 is a shocker and best yet is the KAPfoil 1.6 the only drawback being the effort of recovery, a tie off and walking down the line is the easiest method. Walking it up-wind is a real work out.
Best soft kite for Bft 5? KAPfoil 1.6. and the more tail the better.
Walking down wind with the camea before me, pinned to the sky by Ralf Beutnagel’s superb KAPfoil1.6 the joy of KAP is realised every time I look in the viewfinder. Provided I keep walking the line is slack. Shots are sharp and the mysterious wetlands are revealed. The Washes rustle in the breeze and all around birds wheel in flocks chattering and honking as they go. The kite rides the clean flow silkily and with the wind at my back all is peaceful, my feet feather light on the bank as the kite takes the load.