Drains and Locks
The drains are primarily for drainage purposes and are drained down in winter, when navigation is not possible.
Some of the drains are improved streams, but most are man-made cuts dug to drain the fens. In the past, these drains were used to transport agricultural produce.
Anton Gowt’s Lock provides the only access to the Drains, from the River Witham, and Cowbridge Lock provides access to some of the western drains, including Maud Fosters Drain, to access Boston, where there are moorings. Other locks on the Drains are now derelict: East Fen Lock (accessed the 14-mile Hobhole Drain), Lode Bank Lock (now a pumping station, on Hobhole Drain) and Hagnaby Lock (accessed the northern part of West Fen Catchwater Drain).