Europe 2018 – Part 3 – Narrowboat

Saturday 1 September to 8 September

The next part of our Europe trip is a week on a Narrowboat travelling along the Kennet and Avon Canal.

Narrowboats are designed to navigate the hundreds of canals through the UK.  Our boat is 6 foot 10 inches wide and 65 foot long.  It has 2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms a kitchen and dining/lounge room.  Top speed is about 4K per hour so you just putt along and stop along the way if you see something that interests you.

Here is our start off point and with a bit of instruction from the engineer we are on our way.

We learned how to manage the locks and swing bridges.

And along the way we soaked in the serenity, the views, other travellers …

… and stopped in at villages such as Bradford on Avon.

And had a return visit to Bath to enjoy Bath Abbey, a visit to the Jane Austen Museum, and generally to soak it all in again.

We loved the little pubs along the way where you could have delicious food and meet the locals.

We called into Devises on a Thursday which was their market day.

The Caen Hill flight of locks is amazing to behold.  It was completed in 1810 and provided a way for the boats to get from Devises, the high ground of the Vale of Pewsey, down to the Avon Valley 72 meters below.  There are 29 locks theat enable this to happen and from the bottom it looks like a giant staircase.




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