17 March 2013

Water in Ham Lands

Ham Lands is a natural flood plain and its main function is to absorb the excess water that comes with extreme tides or rain fuelled swells. Most of the towpath remains dry (there are some notable exceptions) and the river forces its way under it to get the waiting lands.

As a result the flood water is most obvious next to the towpath. This can be clearly seen where the two main paths join the towpath. In both places wooden bridges rise above the water so that walkers can watch the river rise and spread without getting wet themselves.

The patch of water here has been trapped between the solid raised barriers formed by the towpath and Ham Street. Beyond the water is a recreation ground. This is an informal play space and just behind the line of trees is St George's Field that is properly maintained to support a range of sports.

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