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Sep 30, 2019 - Monkey marsh lock

We walked back into Aldermaston Wharf yesterday between rain showers. Not much to see really, just the marina where the holiday rental boats home is and apart from a pub down the road thats it. We decided to move on a bit further today,but we're finding it very difficult to find places to moor and therefore have to travel further and longer than we would like. We navigated another 4 locks with a total rise of 33 feet. Some nice brickwork on this bridge, pity the walkway wasn't so nice. This church was up on the hill - nowhere to moor...

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Sep 29, 2019 - Frouds Bridge 51.3964n -1.1504w

A big 6 hour day yesterday to go only 4 miles. 4 big locks taking us up another 32 feet. It's quite time consuming to fill some of these deep locks. We had intended to moor up at Aldermaston Wharf, but, alas, there were no mooring spaces available so we had to travel another mile or so to find some decent bank to tie up on. Today we will walk back to have a look around. There is a tourist canal boat rental company situated there, so it's quite a busy place. There are quite a few of these machine gun posts along the canal with the Kennet &...

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Sep 23, 2019 - Paris and Eurostar

This was our last morning in Paris for this trip so we enjoyed a river cruise on the Seine.  The river cruise was a nice end and a great way to see a different angle along with a lot of other points of interest, along with a bunch more Invader pieces. The sites included Tour Eiffel, Pont Neuf, Louvre, Musee d'orsay, Notre Dame and a lot of stunning French architecture. After the cruise we made our way back to Gare de Nord to catch the Eurostar back to London. The Eurostar is a pretty impressive train. Riding on air bags and tilting makes...

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Sep 19, 2019 - Posh, posh, posh!!!

Lots of posh houses passed today, some very nicely looked after, some not so. We managed to get the last remaining mooring spot in Henley town today. Very lucky. We went for a wander down stream because we had passed by the Piper Boats display being set up for the weekend. Ended up talking to another Australian couple who had brought along their Piper boat to show off. So chatted for a while and then headed back into town, to go through the Church. Dusty Springfield's grave is close to the front of the Church yard. More nice...

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Sep 18, 2019 - Another 10 miles today

My last photo yesterday was of the Castle with the sun setting on it. Today we are moored at Cookham - found the last spot in this particular mooring stretch where there are 8 other boats tied up, as you can see from the picture taken from the back of the boat. (£8 per night here). We had a bit of an incident at one of the locks this morning - the lock keeper was not on duty so we had to operate it ourselves (it's all electric, so very easy to do). The locks are quite big and while we were waiting to go into the lock there were 2 narrow...

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Sep 17, 2019 - Levisham to Scarborough

23.5 Miles Levisham to Scarborough This was to be my last day walking towards my final overnight stay on the east coast and my longest planned walking day of the whole trip.One or two 'unforced errors' meant I walked a little further than planned but of course this was not down to my map reading but unclear guide book text....well that's my take on it. Generally this was to be a day of gentle rises and descents with one exception the 1000 foot 'Hole of Horcum' but more about that later. The early part of the day followed the route of...

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Sep 16, 2019 - Lastingham to Levisham

14.8 Miles Lastingham to Levisham Sunday morning, my second and last on this long distance walk was across the North Yorkshire countryside to another pub on my penultimate day. I left the village and very soon was in open moorland where map and compass became essential as there were many faint paths across the heather. The route headed generally northwards parallel to the River Severn I left the moors to cross the River Severn by a small footbridge and ascended parallel to Hartoft Beck. On another warm day it was good to be heading from...

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Sep 15, 2019 - Helmsley to Lastingham

19.8 Miles Helmsley to Lastingham I left my overnight accommodation at 'Redroofs' and as I ascended to the woods above the village the bells of the village church were ringing for Sunday service. The forecast for the day was for rain but in the event there was only to be a little drizzle between 2pm and 3pm. The days route was a complicated one and in consequence, before the day was out, there was to be a few errors leading to almost 3 miles being added on to the expected walk. That said the route was a pleasant one with a good deal of...

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Sep 14, 2019 - A quiet one today

We had a very early night after the long couple of days. After almost 12 hours sleep we felt much better but decided to have a quiet day today. Being a lovely sunny Saturday everyone decided to make the most of it and came out in their boats for the day. We had rowers all morning and stink boats all day. So we decided to pay for another night's mooring and stay here tomorrow as well so we don't have to contend with the weekend traffic and hopefully there will be moorings available on the next leg. This afternoon we went for a walk and...

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Sep 14, 2019 - Boltby to Helmsley

13.2 Miles from Boltby to Helmsley The North Yorkshire morning that greeted me was another sunny day and my second Saturday walking. I got a lift from my host after breakfast back to the Sutton visitors centre. I headed from there for a slight detour having noticed a sign The claim that this view is indeed the best in England originates with the painter J M W Turner (1775-1851) who did some sketches of the view shown here. I thought 'nice but I've seen some equally good scenery' I retraced my steps towards my trail which I soon...

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Sep 13, 2019 - Thirsk to Boltby

14.8 Miles from Thirsk to Boltby Todays destination was to a visitors centre at Sutton where Brigantes suggested I arrange transport to nearby Boltby with the owner for my overnight stay.However as the distance there was only estimated to be about 10 miles, a half days walk, I decided to plan a route directly to my overnight accommodation. Looking at the map it became clear it was not far off the 'trail'. So I left my sumptious overnight accommodation the Golden Fleece. As I crossed the towns 'new bridge' it was clear this was going to be...

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Sep 13, 2019 - The Big Smoke

We departed the Grand Union at 2.30pm yesterday and rode the tide down to LimeHouse Basin. We were joined by Nick & Julie for the trip. The Battersea Power Station has been dismantled somewhat and is being turned into accommodation. Past the London Eye Then under Tower Bridge. We made it to Limehouse Basin around 5pm after a rocky entry into the lock. We had a bbq dinner and a wine or two and a latish night.

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