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

30 - Saturday 29th July - Crofton to Hamstead Lock. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Weather hot and sticky yet again. Few showers and thunder storms. (All when Linda was steering!)

Neil started off on his own a bit sharpish at 7.30, in brilliant sunshine, with thoughts of huge deep draughted barges getting past us! Alan and Linda soon appeared. After a few locks Fern, a small, old, but immaculate cruiser narrowboat caught up with us. The owner was a long standing narrowboater and his mate was helping him out on the K&A which he said you were not allowed to boat on your own on??!! This seemed like a good ploy to pressgang crew! We did not catch up any other boats all day. They also stopped with us on the grotty Hungerford Sanitary station / water point for water and bog bash. (11.50 to 13.00) Linda and crew member off Fern did shopping in very nearby Somerfield supermarket. Lunch was also taken here. 
At Brunsdon Lock there were two boats moored on the lock waiting area. This was particularly annoying for Kennet Valley, the wide beam horse drawn trip boat coming out of the lock. We applauded his excellent boatmanship in quickly picking up the tow. The wet rope twanged in the air soaking the boaters who were just finishing their dinner on their bow decks! At above Hamstead Lock we parted company. We moored up (15.55), bow on first bollard on long lock waiting area and stern floating 3ft off the bank! Neil tidied up Travelpower wiring and finally did a stern tube bearing repack. 
That night we were going to the now bl**dy expensive Red House pub / restaurant. Linda and Wendy walked up to the restaurant to check it out. They never returned their answerphone and when Linda phoned up again they were fully booked. The only other alternative was the Italian restaurant pub, The White Hart, in Hamstead Marshall. This was a mile trek over farm paths. Linda phoned up and they could fit us in. After getting spruced up we started the trek. This was through the Hamstead Park Estate, a very interesting walk. The beer (well kept 6X and Harveys) was followed by an excellent meal, probably the best so far this tour. This though not cheap, would have been much less than the now over the top Red House.
All in all an excellent day.


The small and large electric pumps filling up the summit pound. These pump water up from Wilton Water into the Crofton Pumping station leat, which is at summit level. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Our mooring for last night, just below Crofton Lock No 60. HST's continue to flash past. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Earnest at rest. Kennet and Avon Canal.

looking up from Crofton Lock No 60. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Looking up at Crofton Lock No 60 and Crofton Pumping Station. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Crofton Pumping Station. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Lock No 62. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Looking back at Lock No 62. Kennet and Avon Canal.

The rather precarious New Bridge No 99. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Approaching Great Bedwyn. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Great Bedwyn Church. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Leaving Bedwyn Church Lock No 64. Fern following. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Great Bedwyn Wharf. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Great Bedwyn station is conveniently close. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Burnt Mill Lock No 65 and Footbridge No 94A. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Potters Lock No 66. Little Bedwyn in the distance. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Little Bedwyn Bridge No 94 and Little Bedwyn Lock No 67. Little Bedwyn Footbridge No 93 in the distance. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Little Bedwyn Footbridge continues over the railway on this landmark concrete bridge. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Looking back at Little Bedwyn Bridge No 94 and Little Bedwyn Lock No 67. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Fore Bridge No 92. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Tranquil waters. Kennet and Avon Canal.

We are now in the River Dun valley. The river is just to the right in this image. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Oakhill Down Lock No 68 and Bridge No 91. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Leaving Oakhill Down Lock No 68 and Bridge No 91. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Froxfield Middle Lock No 69. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Froxfield Middle Lock No 69. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Picketfield Lock No 71. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Railbridge No 89. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Cobblers Lock No 72. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Kennet and Avon Canal.

Cobblers Lock No 72. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Leaving Cobblers Lock No 72. Freeman's Marsh. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Freeman's Marsh Lock No 73, with Swing Bridge No 86 over. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Freeman's Marsh Lock No 73, with Swing Bridge No 86 over. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Freeman's Marsh Lock No 73, with Swing Bridge No 86 over. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Stern of Fern! Kennet and Avon Canal.

Leaving Freeman's Marsh Lock No 73, with Swing Bridge No 86 over. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Hungerford Church and Swing Bridge No 85. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Waiting for Hungerford Lock No 74. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Hungerford Lock No 74. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Hungerford Wharf. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Hungerford Town Bridge No 85. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Hungerford Wharf. Kennet and Avon Canal.

looking back at Hungerford Wharf from under Hungerford Town Bridge No 85. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Looking into town from the side of Hungerford Town Bridge No 85. Kennet and Avon Canal.

Looking back at Fern coming through Hungerford Town Bridge No 85. Kennet and Avon Canal.

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