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

28 - Thursday 27th July - Sells Green to Devizes. Kennet and Avon Canal. 

Weather hot and sticky all day, the predicted storm did not materialise.

We started off late at 10.00. The first boat to go past was Town class motor Elstree. Not wishing to share with this we waited for the other gaggle of boats to go past. We eventually started up the 29 at 10.30 in the company of Foxtrot, a Foxhangers hire boat. There crew was fairly extensive and together and we had a pleasant trip up. Linda steered all the way, we were going to split up the steering, but I think she fancied the very competent steerer! When it came to the main part of the flight the two boats came out and in together in a very controlled fashion. SCSI the parrot was in fine talking mode, her cage being in the front cockpit. She did not squeak out "slow down!" though. We passed all but one of the boats coming down in the first few locks. There was plenty of water, with much evidence of side pound repairs, new wash walls and a new by weir system. 
The tow path had been mostly "souped up" so the masses of pushbikes could zoom up and down it. Peter went ahead with the two young boat babes from Foxtrot for the second half of the flight. The locks were suddenly all ready for us as he showed off his lock wheeling technique! Lunch was on the move, finished of by the endless supply of Sheila Goodland's excellent fruit cake! Foxtrot stopped and winded by the pub below lock 48. We were then on our own following the wide Bruce trust trip boat for the last few locks. At 15.15 we stopped for the night just above the top lock in the dreadful as ever visitor moorings. We managed to get the bow in and stay afloat, but it was still a gang plank job to the gas locker. We went to  the Queens Head Mole Brewery pub at the bottom of Dunkirk Hill. Beer excellent and food not bad either. Watched TV for first time in 4 weeks. BBC West local news program had thingy on Bristol docks. We watched them make most of it when last there, but Earnest did not feature in it!

We got back to the boat just started as it started raining, so Neil had to put all the glass hoppers back, shut hatches and put cratch down, at least this will cool it down a bit.


Final approach to the Devizes Flight of locks, at Lower Foxhangers. Kennet and Avon Canal.

The abandoned railway bridge piers, new back pumping station, Lower Foxhangers Bridge No 146 and Bottom Lock No 22 of the Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Lower Foxhangers Bridge No 146 and Bottom Lock No 22 of the Devizes Flight. New back pumping station to right. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Lower Foxhangers Bridge No 146 and Bottom Lock No 22 of the Devizes Flight. We share with the Foxhangers hire boat "Foxtrot" nearly all the way. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Foxhangers Footbridge No 145 and Lock No 23. Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Looking up from Lock No 23. Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Looking back from Lock No 23. Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Devizes Flight. Note BW locky doing important work - grass cutting! Kennet and Avon Canal.

Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Pair of Canaltime timeshare boats, or should that read Caenhilltime! Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Coming up to Marsh Lane Bridge No 144 and Lock No 28. Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Marsh Lane Bridge No 144 and Lock No 28. Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

The view up the main Caen Hill section of the Devizes Flight. Locks No 29 to 44. Kennet and Avon Canal.

The view up the main Caen Hill section of the Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Elstree has stopped for lunch. Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Caen Hill. Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

We start the main Caen Hill section of the Devizes Flight. Lock No 29. Kennet and Avon Canal.

One of the huge side pounds, Caen Hill. Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Important cycleway refurbishment. Caen Hill. Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Caen Hill. Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Caen Hill. Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Caen Hill. Even Wendy comes out for some exercise! Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Caen Hill. Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Caen Hill. Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Caen Hill. Wendy again! Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Caen Hill. The Foxtrot crew are very together and we adopt the breasted up approach. Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Telephoto shot looking down some of the Caen Hill section. Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Caen Hill. Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Telephoto shot looking down some of the Caen Hill section. Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Caen Hill. Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Where it was finally re-opened. Caen Hill. Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Caen Hill. Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Caen Hill. Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Caen Hill. Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Caen Hill. Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Caen Hill. Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Caen Hill. Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Devizes Flight. Looking up at Lock No 46 and Prison Bridge No 142. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Prison Bridge No 142. Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Manifold Lock No 47. Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

The Black Horse pub, below Lock No 48. Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Above Lock No 47, we say goodbye to Foxtrot. Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Kennet Lock No 50, the top of the Devizes Flight, just under Devizes Town Bridge No 141. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Kennet Lock No 50, the top of the Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Dropped Aitch! Kennet and Avon Canal.

Looking back at Kennet Lock No 50, the top of the Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Kennet Lock No 50, the top of the Devizes Flight. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Our overnight Devizes mooring at the top of the Devizes Flight. Is it not about time this important mooring spot was piled and dredged? (2002 - IT HAS!) Kennet and Avon Canal.

The Tour continues....

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