The pale-coloured land on the left, just below the line of the horizon, is between the Trent and the Ouse. The white post where the rivers meet is Trent Falls, and the white boat has cruised up the Humber and is turning into the Trent.
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From the skipper’s viewpoint it would look like this, a picture kindly supplied by Rachael Jennings, taken from her motor-cruiser. www.naughty-cal.blogspot.co.uk
In the foreground is Alkborough Flats, an agricultural area for thousands of years, but now used for another purpose. For 500 years there was also a small port on the Flats, until the 1700s, because the rivers limit access to this area and it’s still quiet and undisturbed. There was more activity in 1643 when the Royalists in the Civil War brought an artillery position onto the Flats to defend access to the Trent, but the guns were eventually overcome by the Parliamentarians. Late in World War 2 the Flats were used as a bombing-range by the RAF, USAF and the Polish airforce.
Places with a spectacular geography usually have an ancient history and Alkborough’s viewpoint is also the site of a turf maze, known as Julian’s Bower. Its age and origin are a mystery but it’s thought to be medieval.