Map reference ST 82482 60386
Distance 8.3 miles
Total 262 Locks 7 Tunnels
Running total mileage 422.4 miles
After a week’s break in Torquay we are now all prepared to travel back up the canal, starting on Monday. My son and his family brought us back to the boat and to thank them for the lift we took them for a trip up the canal from Avoncliffe aqueduct to Dundas aqueduct and back. It bucketed with rain as we got back to the boat but fortunately cleared for the outward journey to Dundas so they had a pleasant view of the canal system. The rain came on again for the return trip but I think that they all still enjoyed the trip.
At the moment it seems that the limiting factor on how far up the canal we will be able to get is the flood state of the River Kennet which is currently making Newbury impassable by boat, the Thames however is improving all the time with only about 8 ‘red’ boards still displayed, hopefully they will all have gone by the time we get there.
With our final stop in Bradford on Avon we have stocked up with food so should last for a few days before needing to re-stock, so Monday it will be on towards Devizes and the Caen Hill flight.