Friday, 26 August 2011

Bitton Bridge to Bristol

Tuesday 23rd August we had no reason to overstay by Bitton Bridge because the heavy rain forecast did not materialise. A boat was passing as we were upping the sticks and we asked them to wait for us at the next lock - we'd be along soon ...
... passing Avon Valley Country Park ...
... we meet the first line of many moored boats ...
... some bigger than others and double berthed too.
At first I thought that this was an old methodist sort of chapel (dated 1881) being used as a boatyard, I think it may be Bristol Boats...
... but as we pass round the bend the building continues as one with these two church like facades at the other end - very unusual.
And I've always thought of our pram hood on the stern as a conservatory!
All vessels this way ...
... past Saltford Marina ...
... towards the White Hart pub and bridge ...
... through bridge 214 and we can see the narrowboat waiting patiently for us in Keynsham Lock ...
... a pretty scene as we leave the lock ...
... a bit chilly for Molly today!
A cormorant watching from his perch ...
... as we continue to cruise along ...
... the many gentle bends on our way to Bristol.
A heron in flight ...
... and one with short sight!
George (hubby) thought that this may have once been used/trialed by the RNLI ??
A dredger on the move ...
... and some very nice boats moored ...
... first boat we've seen on the move today ...
... as we approach the next lock at Hanham behind NB Morialta (is a place near Adelaide, Australia)
This is where the river comes under the jurisdiction of Bristol City Council ...
... as we pass this narrowboat which could do with rather a lot of TLC ...
... under the A4174 ...
... look another moving boat - why it's Rorah - we shared locks with them a week or so ago.
Into the cutting now with woods on either side of us - and red sandstone up there ...
... past the viaduct which carries the railway line here ...
... as we enter the suburbs of Bristol ...
... a rather nice row of contemporary housing of all styles line the river bank ...
... past wharfs designed for bigger boats than ours ...
... and follow Morialta under Netham Bailey Bridge and through the open lock onto the tidal River Avon ...
... moored at the lock office while George is arranging the licence to stay in the harbour - we will stay there until 31st August - looking forward to exploring the city.

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