I am Linda and along with my husband Richard and our dog Muffin we enjoy our summers on the UK's canal system

Friday, 13 August 2010

Thursday 12th August


We left our mooring at Crofton and headed up the Crofton Flight which consists of six locks – that might sound a lot but it’s nothing compared to what is to come! Richard was helped at the first lock but the two of them were so deep in conversation I think they forgot all about opening the lock! Once we got to the top lock we were on the summit – 450 feet above sea level. The summit pound is only 2.5 miles long but there is the Bruce Tunnel to contend with - however at only 502 yards long it was a piece of cake!! Before we knew it we were coming down again but only to 420 feet. We were just coming through the last lock of the day when we came across Robin and Clare on Water Witch who we had shared the locks with a couple of weeks ago. They had been all the way down to Bristol and thoroughly recommended it though the part authority charge £30 for a day and £45 for two days!! We had decided to stop at Pewsey and once again were lucky with getting the last mooring spot – I’m not sure why it is so busy here. Pewsey has a White Horse which was cut into the hillside in 1937 to replace the original that was cut in 1785. There are or were at least twenty-four of these hill figures in Britain, with no less than thirteen being in Wiltshire, and another white horse, the oldest of them all, being just over the border in Oxfordshire. Of the thirteen white horses known to have existed in Wiltshire, eight are still visible, and the others have either been lost completely, or are in a sense still there, under the turf, but have long since become grown over and are no longer visible.

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