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We made it to the end of the Basingstoke!

Having got up all the locks, the only thing stopping us from reaching the head of navigation of the Basingstoke Canal was three low bridges. Gordon measured the height above water and figured out that we had to drop about … Continue reading

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Onto the Basingstoke – at last!

We’ve finally made it onto the Basingstoke Canal on our third attempt! We set off with Sue and Andy on nb Festina Lente a couple of days ago with hope in our hearts that this time we’d be successful. You … Continue reading

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A break from the boat

In July, for the best part of three weeks, we left the boat and headed off on a trip to Suffolk and Cornwall. Before we put the boat into Barby Marina and headed off, we managed a couple of days … Continue reading

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Into Birmingham again – up the Stratford

Life has been a touch hectic recently so blogging has taken a bit of a back seat. This one’s about what we were up to in June so just a touch out of date! After our wonderful encounter with the … Continue reading

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A feast of Morris dancing in Evesham

If Pershore suffered more than Tewkesbury during the dissolution of the monasteries, Evesham Abbey had it even worse. Only the bell tower remains. There are two churches beside it, St Laurences and All Saints and these satisfied my love of … Continue reading

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Up the Avon to Pershore

It was a bit cloudy, but clearing nicely, as we set out from Tewkesbury up The Avon towards Stratford. By the time we got to Pershore Lock the weather was lovely. The weir there has a couple of Archimedes Screws … Continue reading

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Down the Severn to Tewkesbury

Last week we set out from Stourport onto our first river of the year, The Severn. As we were descending the Stourport staircase locks I noticed the working boat Bramble and thought the number seemed a bit familiar. It turns … Continue reading

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