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Tours 2000, BCN, Severn Estuary, K&A and River Wey

17 - Sunday 16th July - Stratford upon Avon to Evesham. Warwickshire Avon.

Weather, improving, could it be the estuary trip will be on?

We left Stratford-upon-Avon river moorings at 7.15. No traffic until we shared  IWA Cadbury lock with "Albert" (9.20). We passed Bidford-upon -Avon at 10.35. We lost Albert at George Billington Lock as they filled up with water. Arrived at Evesham lock at 13.05 just as lock keeper was closing for lunch, but we were not worried as we were in the middle of clothes washing and could not turn off the engine in his lock. Soon after Albert arrived, they were not aware the keepered lock closed for lunch (control point between Upper and Lower Avon). Andrew G went to do a spot of shopping in the town. We went into the lock at 13.50 and soon arrived at Evesham river moorings below Workman Bridge. 
John Rushbrook was leaving that afternoon, so we had a pint in the bar of the Evesham Hotel, one of John's favourite haunts. The proprietor is a total nutter. He takes to wearing Denis the Menace ties, will not stock French wine and gets involved in drag Queen nights. He also insults his guests,  a bit of a Fawlty Towers establishment, but very popular. John Rushbrook left at 16.30. All afternoon Keith Chegwin's voice was booming out from the park opposite, as he was comparing an Its a knockout roadshow thingy. Fortunately by the time Neil and Andrew had got so sick of him and were contemplating assassinating him, it all stopped. The whole lot was packed up within the hour. 
Ian and Sophie arrived at 19.05, along with Sid, another of Sophie's friends. Ian had left his car at Sid's and they were given a lift over. We had a brief drink with Sid in the Weatherspoon's pub in the centre of town. That night we ate at Rily's Indian, which was OK, but not as good as the Indian last night. One thing they specialised in was EXTRA LARGE nan breads, we could not eat all of the smaller LARGE one that arrived, carried by two waiter's!  We retired fairly early as we anticipated an early start tomorrow, as we wanted to get to Gloucester at a reasonable time. 


Morning start from Stratford-upon-Avon. Our quiet mooring was just to the right. Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Leaving Stratford-upon-Avon. Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Entering Colin P Witter Lock (Stratford). Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Colin P Witter Lock (Stratford). The girder supports were put in as the lock was originally going to be deeper, thus dispensing with the next lock down stream (Weir Brake). Since we first went through here in the 1970's the sheet piled sides have been concreted in. Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Even the opening (June 1974) memorial is made out of sheet piles! Colin P Witter Lock (Stratford). Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Leaving Colin P Witter Lock (Stratford). Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Entering the weir stream below Colin P Witter Lock (Stratford). Flats built on the base of an old mill. Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Footbridge and A439 Bridge on the outskirts of Stratford-upon-Avon. Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Entering Weir Brake Lock. Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Leaving Weir Brake Lock. Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Approaching the disused railway bridge that carried the GWR Honeybourne Line into Stratford. There is a vague plan to reopen this. Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

John R and Andrew G. Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

This daft Little Owl has not yet found a proper spot to roost! Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Approaching Stan Glover (Luddington) Lock. Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Above Stan Glover (Luddington) Lock. Looking at the weir stream. Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Stan Glover (Luddington) Lock. Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Overnight mooring spot just above Stan Glover (Luddington) Lock. Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

The primitive weir at Stan Glover (Luddington) Lock. Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Stan Glover (Luddington) Lock. Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Stan Glover (Luddington) Lock. Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

The rivets tell the bottom gates seem to have been re-used from something else! Stan Glover (Luddington) Lock. Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

John R on lock duty. Stan Glover (Luddington) Lock. Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Leaving Stan Glover (Luddington) Lock. We presume the wires are for canoe slalom course. The weir stream to the left. Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Leaving Stan Glover (Luddington) Lock. Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Binton Bridges. Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Just as well we did not try to take this arch! Binton Bridges. Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Looking back at Binton Bridges. Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Marina just below Binton Bridges. Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Moorings just below Binton Bridges. Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Approaching Welford-upon-Avon. Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Welford-upon-Avon, church and rectory. Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Looking back, just above W A Cadbury Lock (Welford). Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

W A Cadbury Lock (Welford). Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

W A Cadbury Lock (Welford). These upper gates are the last ex-Thames ones left, Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

W A Cadbury Lock (Welford). We meet up with our friends aboard "Albert" again. Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Leaving W A Cadbury Lock (Welford). Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Leaving W A Cadbury Lock (Welford). Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Pilgrim Lock. Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Pilgrim Lock. Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Elsie and Hiram Billington Lock (Barton), there is the apparent site of an old lock. Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Just above Elsie and Hiram Billington Lock (Barton), there is the apparent site of an old lock. Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

The final approach to Elsie and Hiram Billington Lock (Barton). Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Leaving Elsie and Hiram Billington Lock (Barton). Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Leaving Elsie and Hiram Billington Lock (Barton). Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

Approach to Bidford Bridge. Upper Avon. (Warwickshire Avon.)

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