Through Garston Lock and into Reading

After yesterday’s journey into Reading I’ve now got a favourite lock. Lock 120 is an ancient monument – one of only two turf sided locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal, the other being Monkey Marsh Lock at Thatcham.

BoatInTurfLockTurf sided locks have sloping sides and take absolutely ages to fill so there’s plenty of time to admire your surroundings. Garston Lock is lovely in itself but it’s also in a great location, flanked by two pillboxes with views across the flooded gravel pits.

ViewFromPillbox

Peering at Gord through a pillbox window

Pillbox1 Pillbox2GravelPits 20140624_081531When you exit the lock you’re joined once again by the River Kennet. I quite enjoy working through locks in general but it’s rare to get as much pleasure from one lock as I experienced here. On days like this I really do appreciate how lucky I am to have such an amazing lifestyle.

ExitGarstonLockAfter Garston there are four more locks before you arrive in Reading. Although you’re acutually in the suburbs of the town, you’re in a flood plain so suburbia doesn’t intrude.

Weir

Weir just before Forbury Lock

GravelPitNatureReserve

Gravel pit now turned into a nature reserve in walking distance of central Reading

The last lock before entering the town itself is County Lock where a weir on the Kennet makes exiting the lock interesting to say the least.

LeavingCountyLock3Then it’s through the Oracle Shopping Centre…

NarrowsThroughTheOracle…past the dinosaur crazy golf…..

DinasourCrazyGolf…. under High Bridge ….

BridgeBoat….. and into the moorings under the walls of the now defunct Reading Gaol.

MooringsBladeWe were still in the process of mooring up when we were accosted by a couple of Americans on a company ‘team building’ treasure hunt. They wondered if we had some bread as they had to feed a bird. We also managed to provide them with two other items from their list – a bad business card and a Christmas decoration. We failed to help them further by swapping anything for their rubber mallet – we’ve got one of those already!

TwoAmericansPoopDeck

All in all a fairly bizarre introduction to Reading!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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