Updates this season;
Scroll down for photos of skating at Welney this year plus videos of Fen skating.
30/3/13welney a1101 trafick going through shalow flood 2 o3 inches deep light snow frozren patches on edges of water
24/3/13 unberliverble i am sure the last stament still stands but were are again exsperiencing frosty condition plus a blanket of snow welney a1101 wash rd is again bigining to flood if these condition go on in to aprill it will 12 monthes of almost continuos rain and flooding
1/ 3/13 a1101 welney rd clear of water moderate frost fen skating must be over for this season
23/2/13 a1101 clear of water and paserble at welney the few digrees frost at nigh not inough to seet the ice
10/2/13 PM- Wet/snow setting/ no ice/ road open.
7/2/13 A few degrees /frost/ no skating/very little water on A1101. Welney Wash Road has cars going through.
27/1/13 No skating temp + 9 at 06:30 - snow has melted.
26/1/13 Seriously un-skateable at Welney. Rising water into the overnight snow has created an inch of partly frozen slush (11 am).
Lowest temp last night -0.3. At 08:00 +0.8. A fall of snow has covered thin ice disguising weak patches and ditches. Would not recomend skating today, the thaw has set in and the trees are dripping.
25/1/13 People are skating at Bury Fen and Welney - 10.30am. BE AWARE - can go through on patches of snow. The ice is in better condition than yesterday. KEEP AWAY from ditches and deep water!
02:35 The sky has just cleard, no clouds at all, temp at - 2 and falling. See pictures of Gary skating yesterday. Gary is a silver medalist in-line skater but he has taken to natural ice like a duck to water. Look at pictures of Gary on Fen Skating Facebook, pay attention to the perfect ice behind him, Gary tried it and went through. The ice was perfect for speed but it just shows we need to be careful!
Temp @ 7am -5.2!
24/1/13 Midday - Welney, Gary Evison went out skating on south side Welney Wash and had a reasanable skate. He checked the darker ice 50 or 60 yards futher our and went through only one foot deep so he is okay. However we do not recommend skating road ward. I have just visited Upware - no water, Bury Fen - no skating. If we get minus 5 tonight it might just be ok Friday before the thaw.
24/1/13 A few skaters have been out on south side of Welney Wash, the ice is fair to- poor. Only skate close to road on shallow fields. A few skaters have been seen on other venues, HIGH DANGER - DO NOT venture far from road.
23/ 1 /13 6:30 am - Ice and snow appear to be melting, not promising. Today's forecast - rain next 12 hrs.
22/1/13 There may be a few patches of poor quality skatable snow/ice. Do not recommend skating. Malcolm Robinson, Dr Rob Michell plus other club members are away racing in Holland, so not much info yet. If there is a slight thaw to get rid of snow, plus patches that have re-frozen where water has appeared on top of ice, the heavy frost predicted tonight could be better.
21/1/13 6:30 am Current temp - 2.6, lowest today -2.6 highest 1.7. Ice covered by 4 inches of snow - do not recommend skating on very thin ice under snow at any of Fenland venues. Littleport weather centre forecasts rain within 12hrs. No water on A1101 at Welney - do not recommend travel on Fen roads, today several vans and lorries off road in ditch on A1101.
20/1/13 3 .30 pm checked ICE - WELNEY wash.
Amasingly people are skating. John Scott Bourn a bred Fen farmer was on the ice. Admittedley John had crashed through the ice and was nursing wet feet, but Freddy and Matilda (his children) were having a great time skating. This shows how close we are to Fen skating. John advise was DO NOT encourage people to go skating yet. John is a local and knows exactly where to go to remain safe.
20/1/13 There was frost in the night holding. At 9:30 am from Space North Weather Centre (6 miles south of Welney at Littleport) will add link to site.
19/1/13 Malcolm Robinson reports at 9 am Bury Fen now all frozen over, covered by inch of snow due to weak frost last night - no skating. Other venues much the same. Still some open water at Welney and Sutton Gault.
18/1/13 As you you can see by picture below, there is plenty of ice near road, but not such a heavy frost last nigh although it held me up in several arears. Dangerously high water further out in the open.
2 pm update - Do not be taken in by the snow now covering thin ice - HIDDEN DANGER!
17/1/13 Welney wash 9 am - almost there! Walked on some ice okay, but moved a few yards and went through danger high at midday. I spoke to Malcolm Robinson at Sutton Gault, not quite there. Bury Fen the same. Malcolm as you know calls the shots with Fen & National championships as secretary of the Fen Centre.
16/1/13 Frost at 8 am, very minimal ice on Welney Wash, the water rose a few inches covering the thin ice. If the frosty weather contiues for a few days there may be a chance to skate. DANGER ON WELNEY WASH AND OTHER FENLAND VENUES WILL BE HIGH due to deeper water than usual making it visualy difidult to establish where shallow fields, rivers and ditches start. Watch to see where the locals skate!
15/1/13 Same as yesterday, but the weather pattern indicates we may be skating very soon.
14/1/13 At 8 am neary aninch of snow melting, no skating, roads are clear, A1101 passable at Welney.
11/1/13 Several degrees frost, a few more days may be okay to skate?
10/1/13 White frost but no ice yet. Road clear of water.
9/1/13 Virtualy no water on A1101. Welney causeway road signs still up - officialy closed. In fact the water levels on Welney Wash are now perfect for skating. No frost is forecast until the end of this week.
There are many flashes of ideal shallow patches of water all over the Fens at this time.
8/1/13 Sand bags on the Delph Bridge on the A1101 have been removed. The odd four track is managing to get through the flood road, although it is still officially closed.
4/1/13 This year started with very little rain, but was much warmer. Almost double figures! The water on Welney Wash is going down. The Environment Agency must have done a great job. A1101 still completerly impassable, the sand bags are still in place on the River Delph bridge.
29/12/12 On checking the water at 5 pm today, the Environment Agency have sandbagged the main Delph Bridge into the village (at the point where they raised all the wash barrier banks to cope with global warming by a metre several years ago). This left the bridges slightly lower than the banks. Hopefully this will stop the water running over into the village. Looking out of my widow I can see an almost full moon, but the chances are it is on the wane, so tides will lower. Thankfully there is no East wind to drive the tides up even higher to impede the water running out to the sea.
29/12/12 Welney: no skating today but you never know what is round the corner. Fen Skating has underpinned the economy of this village since Victorian times when the ground was frozen and farm workers could not work. It helped to feed the families if they could win skating roses on the Fens, for joints of meat.