Had a lie in this morning, an extra hour in bed. We came to the opinion that if we left too early from Kintbury, boats would not have started moving away from the moorings in Hungerford. And we needed a Tesco shop!! So leaving at 8am instead of the normal 7am gave us more of a chance. At Hungerford their was a lovely stretch of ringed mooring, room for both our boats. Only trouble was the sign stateting 'trip boat has priority over moorers'. Slight dilemma as to what to do and then thought 'blow it'. 'Cant see a trip boat starting this early' so we ignored it and tied up anyway. Thankfully on our return no sign of any irate trip boat owners so congratulated ourselves on having the guts to moor there.
The locks now came closer together giving no time to unpack the shopping. At Marsh Lock a swing bridge was over the center of the lock. Did wonder why that was until Ian pointed out that access was needed either side for the farmers livestock to cross.
Then we came across this very sad sight at Cobbler's lock A beautiful derelict lock cottage. Roses still grew around the front and what an idyllic place to live. The windows were all smashed suggesting vandalism but all along this canal (apart from Reading) no sign of the usual rubbish or graffiti.
|This taken in1 1976 by Dr Neil Clifton|
|Froxfield bottom lock with only a hedge separating the rails with the lock.|
|This was the only way to moor|
|Add captionStern well out.|
And on route,