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

Thursday 12 August 2010

Wednesday 11th August

It just seemed to be one lock after the other today – 12 in all and we had to do them all on our own. There were two boats following us who had obviously left Hungerford just after us – bad timing on our part. The second lock out of Hungerford, Hungerford Marsh Lock, is unique on the Kennet and Avon as it has a swing bridge across the lock chamber. This is because a crossing had to be provided at this point because the engineers were not granted permission to re-route the path around the lock. We had heard that the K & A was very overgrown and we certainly found that today. We wanted to pull over for lunch but there was just nowhere that wasn’t all reeds and rose bay willow herb. It was very shallow in parts which also made it difficult. We finally stopped in Great Bedwyn at 1.45pm! Of course the other two boats went passed us which meant that now the locks were against us too! We went on to Crofton where there are some nice moorings and fortunately there was just one space left for us :-) Richard did a barbecue which was scrummy!

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