A Canal and River journey

22 July, 2016

We have been on the Kennet and Avon over the last couple of weeks and other than the countryside and beautiful views we see from the boat there are also some places to visit with a difference.

Wootton Rivers clock

The Clock at Wootton Rivers

Wootton Rivers is a particularly pretty village made up almost entirely of timber-framed, thatched houses.  The church has an unusual clock, its face has letters in place of numbers and inside the mechanism is made from a bizarre collection of cast-off agricultural implements.

At Crofton , the oldest working beam engine in the world is still performing its original duties.  The building houses two 19C steam engines, one built in 1812.  On several weekends in the year you can see them in action.

Crofton Pumping Station

Pumping Station at Crofton

 

 

Of course you cannot forget to mention the Caen Hill flight of locks at Devizes.  There are 16 wide locks each with an enormous side pound.  The scale of the flight is most impressive.  The locks climb 130ʹ 8ʺ.  You also have 7 locks above and 6 below making a total of 29 locks on just 2¼ miles.

Caen Hill Flight looking up near to Devizes

Caen Hill flight near Devizes

 

The Dundas Aqueduct, built in 1804, is a three arch classical stone aqueduct. It is one of the most well- known features on the canal.  A fantastic view from above as well as below, well worth a walk down to take a look.

Dundas Aqueduct looking down

Dundas Aqueduct View

At Bradford on Avon, guests enjoy seeing the River Avon, Avon Bridge and the Tithe Barn.

 

The Roman City of Bath has a wealth of interesting places to visit. The Baths, Royal Crescent, Pump Room and Pulteney Bridge and Weir, Cathedral and Abbey all deserve a visit. The first letter with a postage stamp was sent from Bath on 2nd May 1840.

The Kennet and Avon is the most popular canal on the network

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