Last night we had the thunderstorm to end all thunderstorms. It wasn’t the noise, although the sound of the rain told you it was torrential, it was the light show taking place inside the boat. The lightening flashes were almost constant, and were being reflected inside the boat, through the roof prisms. It was like being at a disco with strobe lighting. Peering out of the portholes, the night was like day.
This morning we manoeuvred onto the water point at 8 am, then had breakfast whilst waiting for the tank to fill. This was a good decision, as shortly after, two boats arrived wanting water, had we waited until after breakfast, it could have been a very long wait. Once we set off towards Bath, the sun got up and we were in for another warm day. Soon we were passing the site of Claverton pumping station, a water powered pump, which lifts water from the River Avon into the canal. It began operating in 1813 and has a 15 foot diameter wheel. The pump suffered a major breakdown in 1952, but has since been restored. As we rounded the bend towards Bathampton, the mooring opportunities were limited, so we carried on. We were intending on descending three Locks of the Bath flight. Just prior to entering Bath we passed through two tunnels of about 50 yards in length.
The tunnel above passes beneath Cleveland House, which was the old canal company’s headquarters.
Passing Sydney Wharf and heading towards the Top Lock, we spotted a hire boat just departing a mooring. This in the centre of Bath, and next to a shady tree. It was our lucky day.
In the photo above, you can see the shady spot that would keep me and the crew cool during the afternoon. We wandered into Bath to check out the moorings below the Locks, and found there are plenty. Then into the city for some lunch. We always expected Bath to be busy, but this was an understatement. Then we spotted people wearing gowns and mortar boards, we had arrived in Bath on graduation day. Tomorrow we will descend the six Locks, and moor on the outskirts of the city. This will position us well for the run into Bristol on Friday.
Totals 5 Miles 2 Tunnels
Running total 359 Miles 396 Locks 12 Tunnels