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1995 Bath to York - May

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Kennet and Avon Canal

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Monday 1th May 1995

From to Bulls Lock No 88 arriving at 1:18 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 58 minutes. 4.25 miles and 6 locks, averaging 2.58 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 135 hours 41 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 217 locks, averaging 2.34 lock/miles per hour.

Moored behind "Forever Cut" last night, or rather they moored in front of us, and they set off before us this morning. Two boats travelling together preceeded us up through the locks although we soon lost sight of them, one had a ginger cat called Diesel. Moored for lunch just above Bulls swing bridge.

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From Bulls Lock No 88 to Greenham Lock No 86 arriving at 4:55 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 33 minutes. 1.75 miles and 2 locks, averaging 2.42 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 137 hours 14 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 219 locks, averaging 2.32 lock/miles per hour.

Moored opposite the boatyard after filling up with water. Moored in front of Forever Cut and near the other two boats("Duorf II" and "Rajah Brooke") that we saw this morning. A warm sunny day.

Wednesday 3th May 1995

From Greenham Lock No 86 to Hamstead Lock No 81 arriving at 12:55 am. The time taken was 3 hours 0 minutes. 4 miles and 5 locks, averaging 3 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 140 hours 14 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 224 locks, averaging 2.31 lock/miles per hour.

After spending a whole day yesterday in Newbury, shopping, doing the oil change and fixing the drawer under our bed, we filled up with water at the boat yard before setting off. Moored above Hamstead Lock for lunch. At Higgs Lock we saw an Adder and a Grey Wagtail.

From Hamstead Lock No 81 to Kintbury Lock No 78 arriving at 5:20 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 0 minutes. 2.5 miles and 3 locks, averaging 2.75 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 142 hours 14 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 227 locks, averaging 2.3 lock/miles per hour.

Moored above Vicarage Bridge, Kintbury, as all the moorings just above the lock were taken. A hot sunny day. Walked round the village and had two drinks at the Dundas Arms.

Thursday 4th May 1995

From Kintbury Lock No 78 to Dunn Mill Lock No 75 arriving at 11:45 am. The time taken was 2 hours 25 minutes. 2.5 miles and 3 locks, averaging 2.28 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 144 hours 39 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 230 locks, averaging 2.28 lock/miles per hour.

Shared locks with "Forever Cut" up to Hungerford Bridge where we moored for shopping after filling up with water. Shopped in Gateway and haad lunch on the boat. "Forever Cut" and the Booth's had left before we returned for lunch.

From Dunn Mill Lock No 75 to Little Bedwyn Field Lock No 66 arriving at 6:25 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 5 minutes. 4.62 miles and 9 locks, averaging 3.34 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 148 hours 44 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 239 locks, averaging 2.28 lock/miles per hour.

Passed "Forever Cut" moored above Foxfield Bottom Lock and "Lady Godiva" moored above the Middle Lock. Mooring was difficult with very shallow banks and we went on but still had to moor well out from the bank. Another very hot day.

Friday 5th May 1995

From Little Bedwyn Field Lock No 66 to Crofton Top Lock No 55 arriving at 1:30 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 30 minutes. 3.5 miles and 11 locks, averaging 4.14 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 152 hours 14 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 250 locks, averaging 2.3 lock/miles per hour.

After breakfast I walked up t Burnt Mill Lock to take some pictures and saw "Duorf II" and "Rajah Brooke" coming up through the lock and then "Forever Cut". Moored at Wolfhall bridge and had lunch in the cratch using our table for the first time. After a sleep we set off for Wilton village (shown in the wrong place in Nichollson's) and windmill, both well worth the walk. A pond, thatched cottages, well kept gardens and comparatively quiet. A very hot and sunny day again.

Saturday 6th May 1995

From Crofton Top Lock No 55 to Wilcot Bridge arriving at 2:35 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 35 minutes. 7.75 miles and 4 locks, averaging 2.56 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 156 hours 49 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 254 locks, averaging 2.26 lock/miles per hour.

At Wootton Rivers Bottom Lock we found that a BW man had held "Forever Cut" to wait for another boat dueto water and paddle problems. Mr Booth had repainted both sides of the boat while he was waiting. Filled with water at Pewsey Wharf and bought some ice creams but could not find anywhere to moor after the wharf so carried on and moored at Ladies bridge, just past Wide Water. Another very hot and sunny day but clouding over towards the evening.

Sunday 7th May 1995

From Wilcot Bridge to Horton Bridge arriving at 12:40 am. The time taken was 2 hours 10 minutes. 6.5 miles and 0 locks, averaging 3 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 158 hours 59 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 254 locks, averaging 2.23 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped for pump out at Honey Street wharf but their tank was full so we just filled up with water. A very friendly couple of men running the place chatted about dogs and cats and boating. Moored for lunch etc. between the Allington bridges.

From Horton Bridge to Devizes Top Lock No 50 arriving at 5:10 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 0 minutes. 4 miles and 1 locks, averaging 2.5 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 160 hours 59 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 255 locks, averaging 2.21 lock/miles per hour.

Moored opposite the wharf. Many boats here have flags for VE day. A hot sunny day but with a welcome cooling breeze. Saw some white buds in the May bushes and some cygnets, both the first I have seen this year.

Tuesday 9th May 1995

From Devizes Top Lock No 50 to Devizes Bottom Lock No 22 arriving at 2:10 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 10 minutes. 2 miles and 28 locks, averaging 7.2 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 165 hours 9 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 283 locks, averaging 2.32 lock/miles per hour.

Following a day at the wharf which was the scence of much VE day activity, including a Lions Club fair, we set off at 9 o'clock but there was "Duorf II" and "Rajah Brooke" and a pair of Hotel boats "Dawn" and "Dusk" in front of us so we had to wait for them to go through the flight before we set off with "Forever Cut". A very good trip down with mild but cloudy weather and the lock keeper helping us much of the way. Passed two boats coming up and "Duorf II" and "Rajah Brooke" got stuck in one of the locks, causing a bit of a hold up.

From Devizes Bottom Lock No 22 to Seend Bottom Lock No 17 arriving at 5:25 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 15 minutes. 3 miles and 5 locks, averaging 3.56 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 167 hours 24 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 288 locks, averaging 2.32 lock/miles per hour.

After filling up with water and having lunch we set off proceeded by the hotel boats, their crew giving us help with the locks as we followed them down the flight, they stopped at the "Barge" just after lock 19. We moored a little way after the bottom lock. A wamer sunnier afternoon.

Wednesday 10th May 1995

From Seend Bottom Lock No 17 to Hilperton Bridge (B3105) arriving at 1:10 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 25 minutes. 4.5 miles and 2 locks, averaging 1.9 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 170 hours 49 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 290 locks, averaging 2.28 lock/miles per hour.

At Newton Swing Bridge this morning we saw the hotel boats "Dawn" and "Dusk" coming behind us so we waited for them and closed the bridge behind them, letting them go through the locks first. They raised the paddles for us before they left. We also saw three other hotel boat operators today including "Rose" and "Castle" and the wide boat "Harlequin". Stopped at Hilperton Marina for water and a pump out (5) then past Ladydown bridge for lunch.

From Hilperton Bridge (B3105) to Holcombe Swing Bridge arriving at 6:20 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 25 minutes. 9.5 miles and 1 locks, averaging 3.07 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 174 hours 14 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 291 locks, averaging 2.24 lock/miles per hour.

Magnificent secnery all the way to our moorings just before the bridge. Saw the first baby moorhens I had seen this year. Lots of wild flowers; buttercups, daisies, wild garlic, red campion, and many others. A warm sunny day.

Thursday 11th May 1995

From Holcombe Swing Bridge to Bath Old Bridge arriving at 12:10 am. The time taken was 2 hours 50 minutes. 3 miles and 6 locks, averaging 3.18 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 177 hours 4 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 297 locks, averaging 2.24 lock/miles per hour.

Came down the Widcombe flight meeting several boats coming up. Moored on the river just below Pulteney weir (3.50 for 24hours) and went into bath for lunch, at the "Crystal Palace", and shopping, Beryl bought three cotton shirts and I got some socks. We then returned to the boat and then went off again to make two trips to Sainsbury's. A dull day with some light rain in the afternoon.

Kennet and Avon Canal to River Avon (Bristol)

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Friday 12th May 1995

From Bath Old Bridge to Cumberland Basin Entrance Lock No 2 arriving at 3:45 pm. The time taken was 6 hours 15 minutes. 17.5 miles and 8 locks, averaging 4.08 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 183 hours 19 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 305 locks, averaging 2.21 lock/miles per hour.

Cruised all day, having lunch as we did the tidal section below Hanham Lock, then through the open gates of Netham Lock and into the harbour. We moored by the Lloyds Bank building opposite Prince's Wharf. Filled up with water at one of the many water points on the visitor's moorings, although their "standard" tap fitting does not appear to be the same as a BW one. It was a long walk to the Harbour Master's office to pay the 48 hour Navigation and Mooring fee (17.65). A cool and cloudy start to the day gave way to increasing sunny periods.

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Monday 15th May 1995

From Cumberland Basin Entrance Lock No 2 to Netham Lock No 1 arriving at 10:05 am. The time taken was 1 hour 0 minutes. 3 miles and 1 locks, averaging 4 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 184 hours 19 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 306 locks, averaging 2.2 lock/miles per hour.

After an eventful two days in the Floating Harbour we left to make our way back towards Bath. Just before the lock the engine started to labour and we quickly made for a nearby mooring, where I discovered a quilted dressing gown round the propeller. At the lock we met Duorf II and Rajah Brookes coming in the opposite direction. The lock was still not at a level so we decided to wait until the lock was open both ends (which I helped the lock keeper do just over an hour later) so that we would not have to fight against the flow.

River Avon (Bristol) to Kennet and Avon Canal

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From Netham Lock No 1 to Saltford Lock No 4 arriving at 3:30 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 10 minutes. 8.5 miles and 4 locks, averaging 3 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 188 hours 29 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 310 locks, averaging 2.18 lock/miles per hour.

Had lunch on the way (mostly in Swinford Lock) and moored just before Saltford Bridge with the intention of staying two nights. A moslty sunny day with cloud increasing towards the evening. Saw a car on fire in a field next to the river near Hanham. PS: 16/5/95 Walked into the village and then back to the "Jolly Sailor" for lunch spent the afternoon on the boat (heavy rain, etc).

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Wednesday 17th May 1995

From Saltford Lock No 4 to Bath Old Bridge arriving at 12:15 am. The time taken was 2 hours 55 minutes. 6 miles and 3 locks, averaging 3.09 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 191 hours 24 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 313 locks, averaging 2.16 lock/miles per hour.

Set off in heavy rain. Stopped at Bath Marina for water (3.50) and diesel (30.35). Went through Weston lock with a boat from Wessex Narrowboats. Moored by Pulteney weir (7 for two days) and had lunch. After lunch went up to John Rennie Cruises to see if my oil filters had arrived from Kuboto - they hadn't. Rang Beta Marina who assured me they had been sent. The day continued cloudy with showers. The evening before we left (19th) there was a big firework display.

Saturday 20th May 1995

From Bath Old Bridge to Limpley Stoke Road Bridge arriving at 1:50 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 40 minutes. 6.5 miles and 6 locks, averaging 2.68 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 196 hours 4 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 319 locks, averaging 2.14 lock/miles per hour.

Set off with Mum and Dad up through the Bath locks, Dad helped Beryl work the locks. Stopped at John Rennie Cruisers for water (1) gas (10.60) and pump out (8) then went on to Limpley Stoke before mooring for lunch. After lunch we walked into the village and bought a "Canal Architecture" book at the old station. A sunny morning but cloudy in the afternoon. Saw about 30 hot air baloons in the evening.

Sunday 21st May 1995

From Limpley Stoke Road Bridge to Semington Top Lock No 16 arriving at 2:20 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 50 minutes. 8.62 miles and 2 locks, averaging 2.2 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 200 hours 54 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 321 locks, averaging 2.1 lock/miles per hour.

The water was a bit low this morning, at Avoncliffe we saw a hire boat "Norton Star" leaning over at quite an angle due to the drop in water level. At Bradford on Avon we filled up with water and passed "Forever Cut". Had lunch on the move due to a lack of moorings past Hillperton. Walked round the village, bought some milk in the post office stores, and went in the small 400 year old church. A cloudy day with sunny periods.

Monday 22nd May 1995

From Semington Top Lock No 16 to Sells Green Bridge arriving at 11:50 am. The time taken was 2 hours 30 minutes. 3.87 miles and 6 locks, averaging 3.95 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 203 hours 24 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 327 locks, averaging 2.1 lock/miles per hour.

Got out the bike for Beryl to ride up the Seend locks and for me to do the three swing bridges. Moored and had lunch at the Three Magpies, Dad paid. I went into Devizes on the bike for shopping but the pedal broke off near the to of the locks. Luckily I soon found a cycle repair shop where a new pedal was fixed (4) while I went shopping. Saw the lock keeper (Bob) at the bottom lock as I came back and he told me that Dawn and Dusk were booked through the locks tomorrow, they passed us later. A mostly sunny and warm day.

Tuesday 23rd May 1995

From Sells Green Bridge to Devizes Bottom Lock No 22 arriving at 68:8 pm. The time taken was 18 minutes. 1 miles and 0 locks, averaging 3.33 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 203 hours 42 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 327 locks, averaging 2.1 lock/miles per hour.

Waited for "Dawn" and "Dusk" to move from the water point then filled up with water. followed "Lamia" through the first lock.

From Devizes Bottom Lock No 22 to Devizes Top Lock No 50 arriving at 2:15 pm. The time taken was 5 hours 0 minutes. 2 miles and 28 locks, averaging 6 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 208 hours 42 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 355 locks, averaging 2.18 lock/miles per hour.

Went up the locks with "Lamia", brested up most of the way. There was a young couple with a baby on the boat and they were most impressed with Dad's performance in helping with all the locks. Progress up the locks was delayed by one of the pipes for the back pumping scheme having been dropped (or pushed) into a lock. We also got stuck in the top lock but were not mch delayed by this. Had a late lunch then Beryl and I went shopping while Dad and Mum visited the canal museum. A day that started cloudy but soon gave way to a misty and increasingly hot sun.

Wednesday 24th May 1995

From Devizes Top Lock No 50 to Honey Street Wharf arriving at 12:40 am. The time taken was 3 hours 45 minutes. 8 miles and 1 locks, averaging 2.4 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 212 hours 27 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 356 locks, averaging 2.15 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped at Honey Street Wharf for water and a pump out (8) and 4 litres of Elsan Blue (8.35), then shortly after for lunch. A warm and sunny morning.

From Honey Street Wharf to Pewsey Wharf arriving at 4:35 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 35 minutes. 4 miles and 0 locks, averaging 2.53 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 214 hours 2 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 356 locks, averaging 2.13 lock/miles per hour.

Rain at lunch time continued as a very light drizzel in the afternoon. Moored just beyond the wharf as the heavier rain came down.

Thursday 25th May 1995

From Pewsey Wharf to Crofton Bottom Lock No 63 arriving at 1:55 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 55 minutes. 7.75 miles and 12 locks, averaging 4.02 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 218 hours 57 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 368 locks, averaging 2.14 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped for lunch moored to two barges above lock 62 as we could not find any moorings above the lock. A morning of sunshine and showers, some of them heavy. Could not get any water at Wootton Rivers Bottom Lock as the tap had been moved and ha not yet been reconnected. The Lock Keeper said that we could get water at Crofton Lock 60 but we did not see any there.

From Crofton Bottom Lock No 63 to Burnt Mill Lock No 65 arriving at 4:40 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 45 minutes. 1.5 miles and 2 locks, averaging 2 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 220 hours 42 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 370 locks, averaging 2.13 lock/miles per hour.

Moored near where we moored on the way up and found "Duorf II" and "Rajah Brooke" there to greet us, Mr Froud took a rope from us and helped with the gang plank, saying "You need long legs for this canal". A drier and more sunny afternoon.

Friday 26th May 1995

From Burnt Mill Lock No 65 to Hungerford Lock No 74 arriving at 12:55 am. The time taken was 4 hours 0 minutes. 4.62 miles and 9 locks, averaging 3.41 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 224 hours 42 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 379 locks, averaging 2.13 lock/miles per hour.

A morning of more sunshine than clouds as we followed down the locks. Passed two wide boats, "Hanna" and "Rachel", from the Bruce Trust carrying disabled people. At Hungerford Church swing bridge we nearly lost a windlass when Beryl threw it ashore and it slipped down into the water, luckily I was able to reach down and fish it out. Moored by the town bridge for lunch and went shopping in town. The afternoon was more cloudy than the morning.

Saturday 27th May 1995

From Hungerford Lock No 74 to Kintbury Lock No 78 arriving at 11:45 am. The time taken was 1 hour 30 minutes. 3 miles and 4 locks, averaging 4.67 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 226 hours 12 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 383 locks, averaging 2.14 lock/miles per hour.

Filled with water at Hungerford, it took almost an hour on that slow tap. Ken Froud and his wife chatted to us while they waited to start their washing. Shared locks with "Pilchard". Stopped by Vicarage Bridge again and walked round the village with Mum and Dad before lunch.

From Kintbury Lock No 78 to Newbury Lock No 85 arriving at 5:45 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 55 minutes. 6 miles and 7 locks, averaging 4.46 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 229 hours 7 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 390 locks, averaging 2.14 lock/miles per hour.

Shared some locks with three canoes and moored on theedge of Newbury on the visitor's moorinngs (a bit shallow). A day of sunshine and cloud with some light rain.

Sunday 28th May 1995

From Newbury Lock No 85 to Newbury Lock No 85 arriving at 81:0 pm. The time taken was 25 minutes. 0 miles and 0 locks, averaging 0 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 229 hours 32 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 390 locks, averaging 2.13 lock/miles per hour.

Moved down from our moorings above the swing bridge and lock to moorings opposite Newbury wharf. Looked round the town and had lunch before filling with water at the boat yard. Mayflys still around this morning, we saw a lot yesterday evening.

From Newbury Lock No 85 to Heals Lock No 93 arriving at 5:00 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 35 minutes. 5.62 miles and 8 locks, averaging 3.8 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 233 hours 7 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 398 locks, averaging 2.14 lock/miles per hour.

Followed "Dawn" and "Dusk" down the locks, they are going to Oxford, and shared some locks with "Pilchard" as we did yesterday. Moored just before Oxlease swing bridge close to where we moored on the way up. A day of sunshine and cloud with a few spots of rain.

Monday 29th May 1995

From Heals Lock No 93 to Ufton Swing Bridge arriving at 12:30 am. The time taken was 3 hours 30 minutes. 4.12 miles and 5 locks, averaging 2.61 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 236 hours 37 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 403 locks, averaging 2.13 lock/miles per hour.

Went down the locks with a Kennet Cruises Boat "Rosina Emma" the steerer of which was the most morose man I have ever met on a narrowboat, although his family seemed quite nice. Followed "Dawn" and "Dusk" again. Stopped for an early lunch just below the swing bridge, hoping to shake off our cheerless companion.

From Ufton Swing Bridge to High Bridge, Reading arriving at 6:00 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 30 minutes. 8.75 miles and 8 locks, averaging 3.72 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 241 hours 7 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 411 locks, averaging 2.12 lock/miles per hour.

Filled up with water at Tyle Mill where "Dawn" and "Dusk" had stopped for lunch, the owner (Mike) took the rope and was quite chatty as we filled up. At the next lock we caught up with "Rosina Emma" again the man in no better humour after his lunch. We managed to lose them after Garston Lock, which we went through with another boat. On leaving County Lock we colided with a tree that was in the river just by the traffic light button, the boat tipped and we tore the cratch canvas and scratch a bit more of the side. Moored by the prison. A day of cloud, sunny periods and a couple of short showers.

Kennet and Avon Canal to River Thames

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Tuesday 30th May 1995

From High Bridge, Reading to River Kennet Junction arriving at 12:25 am. The time taken was 1 hour 0 minutes. 0.5 miles and 1 locks, averaging 1.5 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 242 hours 7 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 412 locks, averaging 2.11 lock/miles per hour.

After a walk round the town and a little shopping we moved off, through Blake's Lock in sunshine but in heavy rain as we tried to moor on the Thames. The moorings outside Tesco's were either too shallow or already occupied so I turned the boat before the lock, unexpectedly finding myself in front of a very large barge. We moored by the junction and had lunch before going shopping in Tesco's. A mostly rainy day with some sunny intervals mostly in the morning.

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Wednesday 31st May 1995

From River Kennet Junction to Whitchurch Lock arriving at 12:15 am. The time taken was 2 hours 55 minutes. 7.37 miles and 2 locks, averaging 3.21 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 245 hours 2 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 414 locks, averaging 2.1 lock/miles per hour.

Started off at 9.05 and stopped at 9.20 for water and a pump out (7.60) at Better Boating. Stopped at the Swan at Pangbourne for lunch (Ploughman's). Saw a pair of Great Crested Grebes with two young, as well as many young cootes, swans and Canada geese.

From Whitchurch Lock to Wallingford Bridge arriving at 4:10 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 50 minutes. 10 miles and 3 locks, averaging 4.59 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 247 hours 52 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 417 locks, averaging 2.09 lock/miles per hour.

Passed "Dawn" and "Dusk" as we neared Wallingford, they moored just below the bridge, we moored above. Mum, Dad and I walked round the town while Beryl got dinner. Saw Malcolm from "Dawn" and "Dusk" in the launderette. A sunny morning with cloud increasing as the day went on.

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