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Oct 20, 2020 - Woolhampton

Down another 3 locks yesterday and ended mooring up at Woolhampton Lock for a couple of days. Our walk took us partly around the lake which is just to the south of the canal and well used by fishermen. This Church is way up on the hillside and I managed to get a good view of it from the boat as we cruised along. Trying to miss the railway pylons and wires was a bit tricky. We were going to try and walk to it today, but my back is playing up and I didn't want to push it. There doesn't seem to be an easy track to reach it from here so it...

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Oct 18, 2020 - Busy boaters weekend

I think this little fella is some sort of Grebe. He just suddenly appeared yesterday and then just as suddenly was gone. It was quite a busy day boat wise. Glad we were tied up securely - they are still sending holiday boats out, making up for the losses over the lockdown. They only have another couple of weeks before the official winter season starts and they put them away till next season.. We wandered into town and were surprised at how big it is. Our little canal guide book makes it out to be just a small grocery store and chemist, but...

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Oct 16, 2020 - Getting chilly

We moved on to Newbury and spent a few days doing some shopping and enjoying some sunny days. this is all you can see of this warning sign as you come up to the weir. Not until you are around the bend are you able to read what it says. The trees need some attention all along the canal. We had trouble today with more over hanging branches. Hopefully the CRT will do something over the winter??? But we won't be holding our breath!!! The swans gathered around us as we prepared to depart Newbury this morning. The day started off quite sunny...

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Oct 4, 2020 - Rain, rain and more rain!!

These pheasants, and many more are in the field across from our mooring. I just wonder how long it will be before they start the pheasant shoots. The blurry thing is a squirrel - it ran down the tree as I was taking pics of the phesants and I just managed to catch it before it went up another tree. We've had 3 days of almost constant rain and the rivers are rising and places are flooded. We managed to get a walk into Kintbury yesterday for bread and milk in between heavy showers. It's time to get the wellies out as the tow path is already...

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Oct 2, 2020 - Dover to Rye

Friday 2nd October(Contd.) Moving on through Folkestone we stopped for a pot noodles lunch beside the sea wall just outside Hythe, still in the motorhome, thanks to the rain. A good day to be inside the motorhome rather than walking around outside. We just poodled down the coast road around past Romney Marsh to the Dungeness promontory. On the way we passed the Pontins camp at Camber Sands. This brought back memories of the time back about 1977 when we stayed there when the kids were young. The main memory was the one of Steven falling back...

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Oct 1, 2020 - 51.410271, -1.478396

It was a nice sunny day so we sat and watched the bowls for half an hour. Chilton Foliat - and they think we have weird place names in Australia!!!! We walked there the other day and ended up having lunch in the Wheatsheaf. A pizza each (£12 for Tony's and £15 for mine which had a few mushrooms and an egg on, plus a drink each - nearly £40 = AUS $80!!!!!!!!!) this huge tree was just on the outskirts of the village - a rather upper class area! We've now moved out of Hungerford and are half way between there and Kintbury in a nice quiet...

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Oct 1, 2020 - Whitstable & Herne Bay

Thursday 1st October Well it rained nearly all night, rattling away on the roof. It confirmed our decision to stay another night here at the Park & Ride car park & to use our bus passes to go up to the North coast. There is a Triangle service which goes from Canterbury to the seaside towns of Whitstable & Herne Bay & then back to Canterbury, hence the name. It also runs clockwise & anti-clockwise services at 15min intervals so very convenient. Our car park ticket entitled us to a free ride back into Canterbury but then we did have to wait...

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Sep 25, 2020 - Hungerford

St. Lawrence's Church looks very dull on the outside, but it is beautiful inside. There has been a church on this site since 12th Century but this church is 200 years old. It is built out of Bath stone, being on the edge of the canal made it easy for the transportation of the building ma terials. There was a church member in attendance who was full of lots of stories about the Church and it's history. ...

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Sep 22, 2020 - Make hay while the sun shines

This is the state of some of the locks along the canal. More water leaking in (or out as the case may be) than going out (or in as the case may be)!!!! We spent a couple of nights at Froxfield which is about 5 miles from Hungerford. Then we decided last night after hearing that the weather is going to turn to rain and wind tomorrow that we should move on today as we needed to have the wheel house down to negotiate some of the lock walkways. We spotted this tree leaning precariously across the canal on our walk the other day, so Tony...

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Sep 18, 2020 - Great Bedwyn

We walked up the hill at the top of Great Bedwyn and spotted this phone tower. This pic of the same tower is taken from the boat. Why is it that with direct line of sight we have very little or intermittent phone reception???!!!!!!! Traffic on the canal has slowed down considerably in the last 2 days as they've had a bit of a disaster on the other side of the summit with a broken sluice gate and water escaping so that a stretch of the canal is drained of water and 35 boats are stuck and 3 have sunk! We've had troubles for the last couple...

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Sep 16, 2020 - Great Bedwyn, 51.3790248, -1.5981473

Our day of rest yesterday saw us walking to Great Bedwyn where we are now moored. This fisherman just happened to catch something whilst we were talking to him. This is the size of the fish they were catching last weekend. However, we just heard some shouting and a bloke caught a large Pike at the back of our boat, at least a foot long, so they were very excited. The pig farm still has some large pigs - couldn't see any smaller pigs though, so maybe they are down sizing!!!! Another jigsaw complete - only 450 pieces in this one. This...

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Sep 14, 2020 - Fishing Comp

The row of fishermen yesterday - we didn't see anyone catch anything whilst we were walking along the tow path though. Today's trip involved going up 2 locks along the summit and through the Bruce tunnel, then down 6 locks and just squeezed into a spot near the next lock landing. It's been very warm today which made it more tiring. It's been quite busy this morning with lots of boats going backwards and forwards. We couldn't get any closer to the railway line!

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