Kennett & Avon Canal

colin on April 6th, 2015

After a day or two’s R&R in Reading, we depart for terra incognita. Well, incognita to me anyway, but well known to Sandra, who spent the early years of her first marriage in the Shillingford area, on the Thames. Carefully wending our way back to the main channel through the fast flowing current, we turn […]

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colin on April 4th, 2015

After another two days voyaging, we arrived at Reading, on Good Friday evening. Friday was a long day; with plenty of rain and a fast-flowing Kennet River pushing us along, sometimes a little too fast. The K&A canal goes right through the centre of Reading, and is sometime less than 30 feet wide. Our boat […]

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colin on April 2nd, 2015

Yes, all we could do was wait. We went back and forth between Kintbury and Hungerford, waiting for the lock to be fixed…. what else could we do? While waiting, during one of my checks in the engine room I noticed that our old friend, the R&D coupling had lost some bolts. Norm the engineer, […]

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colin on March 16th, 2015

Without water in the canal, you can’t get too far. So we arrived at Kintbury and stayed overnight. Next morning we were preparing to leave when we were told that a lock downstream was damaged, and the pound had emptied. Waterways people said it could take “one week, maybe two” to fix. Good thing we’re […]

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colin on March 13th, 2015

Next day we continued to Crofton Pound. On the way we stopped at Bridge 103, Wolf Hall Bridge. I’m told that Yes, this is the Wolf Hall, but I’m not sure of the state of the place. There’s a rather posh looking place up the road from the bridge, but it’s very private, and there […]

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colin on March 11th, 2015

After about six weeks in the marina at Devizes we have finally made our escape. We’ve done as much as is reasonable to do to prepare the boat and ourselves for this season, so it’s time. Mind you, there’s always something more you can do, so sometimes I think it just makes sense to GO, […]

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colin on October 19th, 2014

I must admit, we’re settling into this lifestyle. Just in time to moor the boat over the winter and transfer back to the motorhome. The great thing about narrowboats is that you just can’t hurry. Maximum speed is about 5 mph so it’s no use trying to go anywhere fast. You’ll just use more fuel […]

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colin on October 17th, 2014

A short trip today, Newbury to Kintbury. We’re in no hurry, so a short day is just fine. The weather’s holding okay and it’s a pleasant trip. Trying a little experiment here, by the way. I’ve taken lots of video with the GoPro camera…. it’s great quality, but takes ages to edit and get onto […]

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Sandra Johnson on October 9th, 2014

We have moored on the approach to Newbury. There is no time restriction on this mooring so we plan to stay for a few days. We had a lovely sunny journey here, through familiar country for me, although it looks different from the water. Plenty of locks and swing bridges to negotiate but that all […]

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colin on September 18th, 2014

Sometimes it was too hard to take the long way around a hill or following the contours of the land to build the canal that way. Or the land owner didn’t want them building a canal through his land. Whatever, there are quite a few tunnels on the British canal system; here’s one of them, […]

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