So leaving early AGAIN!!! it was another slow trek to our first swing bridge. On route we encountered a tree hazard, and being on a bend with a boat moored just beyond it, we stood little chance other to scrape under it. You can see in the photo the trouble Dave had to get past.
|Note the height gauge hanging from under the swing bridge. Warning maybe, in case boaters thought they could get under it.|
|Views of Bathampton|
|Cleveland House tunnel|
|From Wash house lock a very sharp right hander to lock 8 and 9|
|Lock 8 and 9|
Bottom lock was the last on the canal system and we emerged onto the river Avon. Oh how lovely to be able to move freely without the restrictions of the CM's.
|Onto the river Avon|
|Landing pontoon to pick up ones crew.|
|Turning off the river towards Weston lock|
|Weir at Kelston lock|
Mooring wasnt easy on the river. Non to be had anywhere until we came under Bitton Railway Bridge and there a lovely pontoon leading to a picnic area. And not only that but the Avon Valley Steam railway runs along this route every Wednesday. And what day is it today??? Wednesday. How lucky were we.
|It was only a 5 minute walk to the terminus. Dave, a real train enthusiast, assured me this is Austerity a shunting locomotive.|
And seen on route,
These bees were building their hive in the rubber fenders along the river pontoon landing.
|Carrying a small section of leaf|