Yesterday we departed the river Avon at Bath. The bad weather of the previous day had gone, but the conditions on the river were still blustery. Fortunately at the point you turn off the river, onto the Kennet and Avon Canal, it was a little more sheltered whilst waiting for the Lock to be prepared.
With the help of some volunteers who had turned up early, we were up the flight in just under an hour, and this included navigating the huge Bath Deep Lock. The next stretch to Bathampton was slow going, mainly due to a continuous line of moored boats, but once we made the turn towards Claverton, it was plain sailing. We now had two miles to our intended spot at the Dundas Aqueduct. We found a spot opposite where we moored on the way down. The mooring was a little shallow, so the stern of the boat was about four feet from the bank, but it did not impede the navigation.
This morning after breakfast, we moved across to the water point and filled the tank. We also gave the starboard side of the boat a quick wash. Where we have been mooring in Bath, the towpaths have been converted to a grey grit surface, probably for the benefit of the cyclists. The problem is, said cyclists speeding past, throw up dust and grit which covers the boat. Once our jobs were completed, we set off for Bradford-on-Avon, a distance of four miles away. A suitable mooring was located very close to the Tithe Barn, so we secured the boat, then went off to explore the town.
Inside the Tithe Barn
Bradford-on-Avon is quite busy, but this is probably due to it being the height of the school holidays. We have noticed a significant increase in hire boat traffic over the past week, but tomorrow is a change over day for the hire fleets, so hopefully things will be a little quieter on the Canal.
Totals 31/7. 5 miles 6 Locks 2 Tunnels
1/8. 4 Miles
Running total 403 Miles 422 Locks 14 Tunnels