It was good to be in the calm of Langley Dyke after the blow and wet or the trip from Loddon. The moorings are sheltered behind a stand of trees full of raucous rooks and give a view across marsh land.
As we arrived guardian rooks were noisily chasing off a marsh harrier: a sufficient reminder that that this is Crow Country ! Mark Cocker’s home is in the neighbouring Claxton.
The Wherryman’s Way path follows the bank of the Dyke before turning west past the ruins of Langley Abbey , today a wedding venue but from 1195 to the Reformation was the home of Premonstratensian Canons who served the local parishes. The Ranworth Antiphoner , on display at St. Helen’s, Ranworth was produced at Langley.
One of my favourite pictures from the Ranworth Antiphoner is of Jonah! I think of it as illustrating the dangers of Pike Fishing on the Broads!