Tuesday, 27 September 2011

To Newbury

After filling with water we set off from our mooring at Kintbury and enter the first lock of the day ...
 ... that's a rather strange place to have a water point!
 We're waiting in the lock because it looks as if that boat may want to join us.
This is Kathy and John and collie Rowan on narrowboat Sirius who will share all the locks today
 Kennet Horse Boat Company 'Valley' anchored on the offside of the channel
 NB (tug) Sirius entering Dreweat's Lock 79 ahead of me
 Leaving Higgs Lock (83) where they are installing the lock safety paths and their work hopper is moored on the lock landing and obstructing part of the lock exit; that's the busy A34 ahead
 The  canal practically closes in the weeds as we approach Guyer's Lock 84; I have held back in a slightly wider space and NB Sirius is in a space ahead of me whilst this hire boat ascends the lock ...
 ... and here it comes, time for me to get a move on!
 Approaching West Mills Swing Bridge ...
 ... and passing what used to be the mill.
After a very welcome cuppa we set off to explore Newbury ...
 Newbury Clock Tower
 The Market Square
 A mixture of quaint and contemporary
 The Corn Exchange ...
 ... with this interesting carving over the door
 The Clock House
Pretty 17th century cottages at West Mills from our mooring above Newbury Lock
 West Mills Yard - could this have been something associated with the canal perhaps?
The late afternoon sun shining on Newbury - beautiful!
Newbury has lots of history - if you'd like to read more click on the link below

1 comment:

  1. Nice pix, as usual. And decent weather for late September, long may it continue! Newbury looks much nicer than I ever imagined. Used to rip - or traffic-crawl - through it in the old days en-route for Sussex, before they built the new road/bypass. Looks as though it might have been worth investigating. Another time, maybe.