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

27 - Wednesday 26th July - Dundas to Sells Green. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Overcast, but hot and humid all day, waiting for the thunderstorm that did not come.

Neil started off from below Bridge 181 at 9.00. Stopped at Dundas Wharf for water while having breakfast. Eventually got going at 9.35. There seemed to be much less traffic than our last traverse up to Bradford upon Avon a few days ago. Most of the Canaltime share boats have now been passed, on their way back to Bath. Came out of Bradford Lock at 11.35. Stopped at Hilperton marina for diesel at 12.30. This at 28p/l was a bit more than we had been advised by the crew of Mucky Duck, who moors here. At Seend Bottom lock (flight busy) we paired up with couple aboard 70ft private like Cherry hire boat. They were friendly enough, but seemed to want us to do all the work! We left them when we moored (16.30). They were looking forward to meeting us again on Caen Hill! Our mooring at Sells Green was at a new visitor mooring / water point. This section is "not officially open" for boaters to moor at as There is "construction work" going on. This seems finished. The canal is vaguely dredged and a splendid new lagoon off line nature reserve has been constructed. The towpath has of course been given the K&A "M1" treatment. Cyclists were still coming past at 22.30 ! That night we ate in, but Neil and Alan sneaked off to the Three Magpies for an excellent couple of pints of 6X. We then started to finish off  Ian Scott's single malt whiskey, how much longer will it last? Ian Clarke will be pleased to know that Lorena Mc Kennit featured on that evenings "play" list


Avoncliff Aqueduct. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Avoncliff Aqueduct. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Avoncliff Aqueduct. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Avoncliff Aqueduct. Kennet and Avon Canal.

cottage just after Avoncliff Aqueduct. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Waiting below Bradford upon Avon Lock No 14. Kennet and Avon Canal.

The Canal Tavern, just below Bradford upon Avon Lock. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Bradford upon Avon Lock. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Bradford upon Avon Lock. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Bradford upon Avon Lock No 14. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Bradford upon Avon Lock No 14. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Looking into town from Bradford upon Avon Lock. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Bradford upon Avon Lock No 14. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Leaving Bradford upon Avon Lock No 14. Kennet and Avon Canal.

The Barge Inn, just above Bradford upon Avon Lock. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Looking back at the Barge Inn. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Bradford upon Avon Marina. Kennet and Avon Canal.

The diesel and service point, on the canal at Bradford upon Avon Marina. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Above Bradford upon Avon. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Above Bradford upon Avon. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Ladydown Bridge. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Digital Speedo. Kennet and Avon Canal.

River Biss Aqueduct. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Ladydown Railway Aqueduct. 158 Sprinter disappears in the distance. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Ladydown Railway Aqueduct. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Balls Bridge No 167. Kennet and Avon Canal.

New road bridge just before Hilperton Marina. We stop for diesel. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Leaving Hilperton Marina. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Hilperton Marina. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Hilperton Marina. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Kennet and Avon Canal.

Hilperton Road Bridge No 166. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Whaddon and Whaddon Grove Bridges. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Semington Swing Bridge. Kennet and Avon Canal.

nb Genevieve winds just before Semington Bottom Lock No 15, Buckley's. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Lock No 15, Buckley's. Semington. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Linda arrives at Lock No 15, Buckley's. Semington Bridge No 160 behind. Semington. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Lock No 15, Buckley's. Semington. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Lock No 15, Buckley's. Semington. We share with Cherry Hire boat. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Looking up at Semington Top Lock No 16. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Semington Top Lock No 16. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Semington Top Lock No 16. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Lowes Swing Bridge No157. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Heading up to Seend. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Seend Park Swing Bridge No 155. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Seend Bottom Lock No 17. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Seend Bottom Lock No 17. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Seend Lock No 18. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Seend Lock No 18. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Looking up to Barge Inn and Lock No 19. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Barge Inn. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Barge Inn. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Seend Lock No 19. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Seend Lock No 19. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Seend Lock No 20. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Seend Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Seend Lock No 20. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Bridge No152. Seend Top Lock No 21 just beyond. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Seend Top Lock No 21. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Rusty Lane Swing Bridge No 151. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Rusty Lane Swing Bridge No 151. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Telephoto shot looking back at Seend Top Lock No 21 from Rusty Lane Swing Bridge No 151. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Just arriving at the new Sells Green Visitor Moorings, not quite officially opened! Kennet and Avon Canal.

Sells Green Visitor Moorings. The water point is just about to be connected up. Kennet and Avon Canal.

The Tour continues....

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