Well our temporary stay at Offenham, ended up being two days due to the rain. We did see plenty of other boats moving, and felt very relieved that we did not have too. The water level has also risen since our arrival. Initially we had to step up, out of the boat and onto the bank, now we are level with it. A quick check with the Environment Agency river levels website, confirmed that not much more of an increase is expected, and the river level gauge by the Lock, was still in the green zone. So, Friday 10/5 after topping up with water, we got underway.
The Lock ahead was set in our favour. One advantage of cruising on rivers over canals, is not having to stop and close gates, as you leave the Locks. After a couple of miles we were approaching Evesham with its lock, and fairly large Weir. We had seen due to a bend in the river, that a boat coming upstream would take the Lock, and therefore we would need to wait. The Lock landing at Evesham is next to the Weir edge. You don’t need to worry about how you get to it, the flow of water takes you there.
Once through Evesham, we crossed a boundary from the Upper Avon to the Lower Avon. This split in ownership of the river occurred in 1717, and both sections, were separately managed until 2010, when the Avon Navigation Trust was formed. We spent the next half an hour rounding Evesham, as the river forms a horseshoe shape around the town. We had to toot the horn as a warning for the ferryman at Hampton, to lower the wire in the river, then it was on into open countryside. At Chadbury Lock we were joined by a hire boat, but only for one Lock, as we planned a stop for lunch. A mile and half further on, we arrived at Craycombe Turn, a small section of flood safe moorings, and we tied up for lunch. No public house here, so it was an onboard picnic.
There was a small field adjacent to the mooring, which four legs decided to play in. The lack of a towpath for walking the furry crew, is one thing we have missed from the canals. After lunch we set off once more. Passing the canoe centre, we had to dodge dozens of kids playing on the water, then we arrived at Fladbury Lock and Mill.
The weather had been pleasant so far, but as the afternoon wore on, the clouds started to build. Approaching Tiddle Widdle Island, by the village of Wyre Piddle, so it did, piddle on us. Fortunately only a passing shower, not the heavy rain of the previous two days. Through Wyre Lock, and we now had just a mile to go to our intended spot at Pershore. On arrival there was plenty of space, so we moored and then wandered into town for a look around.
Later in the evening, we spoilt ourselves with another takeaway, whilst checking the guide books for the next leg of our journey to Tewkesbury.
Today the sunny warm weather returned. The mooring is close to a large wetland water meadow, with footpaths crisscrossing it back towards Fladbury. We took four legs for his daily walk, then the crew nipped into town to top up the supplies.
Tonight we will sample the local fish and chips, just to support the local businesses, then tomorrow Tewkesbury, and the junction of the river Avon and the river Severn, at 220 miles, the longest river on the British mainland. We shall only be doing sixteen miles of it, heading north to Worcester.
Totals 14 Miles 5 Locks
Running total 75 Miles 106 Locks 3 Tunnels