Yesterday we departed the Thames, after completing the final seven miles and two Locks, to the junction with the Kennet and Avon Canal. The last of the Thames Locks was Caversham Lock, which also had a fairly substantial Weir.

Caversham Weir

We passed a couple of interesting looking boats on the way, and also stopped at Caversham Boat Services for water, gas, diesel and a pump out.

Camouflage boat beneath a shady tree

The turn onto the Kennet and Avon was pretty unimpressive, blink and you would miss it.

Junction for the K and A ahead by the white sign

Having made the turn, it is not long at all until you find yourself heading in towards Reading Town Centre.

Heading towards Reading Town
A welcome sign to greet you
Traffic lights…….on the Canal

As can be seen in the photos above, once we passed beneath the welcome sign, we were confronted by the traffic light on red. This requires the pressing of a button, rather like a pedestrian crossing, at which point the light went green. We now had twelve minutes to navigate through the town centre. The reason for this is as the area has been developed, the width of the canal has been squeezed, with some tight turns included. Not really a problem for narrow boats, but two wide beams meeting might struggle.

Within the town centre controlled section

We have heard several tales about Reading being an undesirable place to hang around, but nowhere did we feel at all uncomfortable, as we travelled through the town. Once out of the centre, we had three more Locks to navigate before reaching our destination. All the Locks are wide, and the use of a windlass is once again required. We also found the Locks to be very fierce when filling, so only small turns on the windlass were needed. We arrived at Burghfield by the Cunning Man P.H. and as we did so, a boat was just departing the main mooring area. It was just the right size, so we secured the boat and went to sample the the refreshments at the watering hole.

Moored at Burghfield, Cunning Man P.H.

The mooring is pleasant enough, and with some shade, as the next few days are forecast to be hot. We can’t line up the satellite dish due to the trees, so TV will have to be streamed using 4G data.

Totals 11 Miles 6 Locks

Running total 293 Miles 308 Locks 9 Tunnels