A Boating Day (or two) Out

August 9th/10th

Our original intention was to have a few days boating immediately after the Monks Supper on August 5th. Unfortunately the River Avon, as is it’s want, decided to rise to unsafe cruising levels, after a lot of rain, so our departure was delayed and range restricted. However…………

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In bright sunshine we leave heading north

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Abbey Park was full of people, many enjoying the band in the bandstand.

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The river trip boat ‘Hansam Too’ was very busy

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Evesham Lock and famous ‘A’ frame house.

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The view from the lock to Weir Meadow Caravan Park

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The Lockeeper makes sure boats are secure

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before the next narrowboat comes into the lock and the lock is emptied for the boats to leave on the lower level

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It’s then our turn to rise up when the lock refills

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It’s nice to see boats on the river

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We pass the Riverside Hotel. The hotel is often visited by celebrities who  want a few days away from the limelight.

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The swans gently glide in the water

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‘Moocher’ A well known boat on the river. In the 2007 floods this narrowboat slipped her moorings and ended up on the river bottom off Workman Gardens in Evesham. Now happily, fully restored.

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The Bridge Inn, public house. A favourite with boaters and non boaters alike. This spot once had a ferry crossing and was the actual licence boarder between Upper and Lower Avon Navigation. This function has now moved to Evesham lock.

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Some lovelly houses nestle in the tree lined banks

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Traditional water cans, painted by Wendy, sit proudly on the cabin roof

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The water was steady and fast flowing and the wind blew hard.

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Eventually, after a bit of tricky tiller work, Drusilla and Lord Toulouse enter the lock together.

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Our mooring at Offenham. Unusually quiet.

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The following morning., our return journey was colder and cloudier than the previous day

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The horses more interested in eating than a passing boat.

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Evesham Lock coming out

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Not often we see barges on the Avon. This is a wonderful example.

And then, in a short while we back home again. Great short break

 

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