Bonnie Revival Hungerford -> Newbury -> Aldermaston BMC 1800 waterpump Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle) and Watership Down Hungerford Marsh -> Hungerford Froxfield -> Hungerford Marsh To Ham Bird action in Oak Hill World Press Freedom Index Oak Hill – Dun Aqueduct Oak Hill Little Bedwyn -> Oak Hill 5 popular destinations for travelling where disease is still rife Chased by sheep – Little Bedwyn Taking a long walk…. Great Bedwyn -> Little Bedwyn Sunday on the canal Crofton Meadows -> Great Bedwyn Wolf Hall -> Crofton Meadows Brimslade -> Wolf Hall My first Zander Wotton Rivers -> Brimslade Most visited sites on the internet ABS LP110 Leisure battery for a narrowboat Burbage wharf Mooring in Wootton Rivers, Wiltshire Sunday in Pewsey Measuring the draft Looking for moorings around Wootton River/Clench New button fitted! Milkhouse Water, Wiltshire Now in Pewsey, CRT mooring rules Get into Stonehenge free Flaperon from MH370; no story – 1 month on Skyrim V Connect/’sign in’ to ‘open network’ wifi on Windows 10 My personal Strava movie – 2016 The biggest hacks of 2016 – A year in hacking US vs Bullying China Russian Google and Reddit misdirects skewing Google Analytics First complaint Winter electricity usage Devizes The fight for freedom, Not In My Back Yard Donald Trump – Puppet masters, Parody to victory, and the march to nationalism US Presidential elections 2016 Taking a narrowboat on the Thames Giles Wood – Melksham Bonny Journey List of dead bankers 2016 – conspiracy update Day 38 – Taunton to Exeter Day 37 – Seend Park to Taunton Day 36 – Seend Park to Bradford on Avon Day 49 – Caen Hill Marina to Seend Park Bleeding a BMC 1800 marine engine 3 Reasons you won’t ever tell me 9/11 was not an inside job Day 48 – Caen Hill Locks Day 47 – Devizes – Caen Hill Locks Day 47 – Honey Street to Devizes Day 46 – Great Bedwyn to Honey Street Day 45 – Newbury to Great Bedwyn Day 43 – Theale to Newbury Day 42 – Goring to Theale Day 41 – Oxford to Goring Day 40 – Aynho to Oxford Day 39 – Claydon to Aynho Day 38 – Flecknoe to Claydon Day 37 – Ansty to Flecknoe Day 36 – Alvecote to Ansty Day 35 – Kings Bromley to Alvecote Day 34 – Little Haywood to Kings Bromley News Winter moorings Day 33 – Stone to Little Haywood Day 32 – Kidsgrove to Stone Day 31 – Wheelock to Kidsgrove Cask ale week – Use your mobile to claim free beer Chimney repairs Day 30 – Marston to Wheelock Day 29 – Dunham Massey to Marston Viewranger mapping app Day 28 – Plank Lane to Dunham Massey Day 27 – Crooke to Plank Lane The anti-Blair cometh…. Day 26 – Rufford to Crooke Day 25 – Morecambe to Rufford – 1,000th post eva! Six companies are about to merge into the biggest farm-business oligopoly in history Day 25 – Hawes to Morecambe Day 24 – Durham to Hawes Day 23 – Newcastle to Durham Day 22 – Norham to Newcastle Day 21 – Edinburgh to Norham Day 20 – Dundee to Edinburgh Day 19 – Aberdeen to Dundee Day 18 – Buckie to Aberdeen Day 17 – Inverness to Buckie Day 16 – Helmsdale to Inverness Day 15 – Helmsdale Day 14 – John O’Groats to Helmsdale Inverness and over the border
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Day 42 – Goring to Theale

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Starting to feel a bit tired now.

8 days without a break.

Came through Goring and Reading OK. No trouble with the river police over my invalid licence.

Stopped off at Tesco Extra in Reading, which was backing onto the river.

Biggest supermarket I’ve ever been in. Like an American supermarket.

Reading was nice in the sunshine, the River Kennet runs right through the heart of the shopping centre, past Debenhams and McDonalds. Going past McDonalds on the boat. HAHA.

So many shoppers peering over at the boat chugging in amongst them eating their Happy meals and fries.

River Kennet

Has a bit of flow to it this one.

Not much trouble for Bonnie. She’s got an 1800 engine for a 45ft this is a good size.

The River Kennet flows out of Reading to the east.

I pass through a couple of locks, both of which are big and powerful.

Garston lock

The one at Garston is a particular nightmare, water coming over the front went in the door and wet the carpet.

I wasn’t able to exit the boat on my own side, as it’s a scaffold lock, I had to run over the top of my locking partners boat to reach the paddles.

I pulled it back from the lock gate, but not before water had flowed in all over the carpet, which is now drying out.

They’re from Newbury.

They said they usually moor using 2 ropes solo locking because the locks can be a bit frisky.

I can testify to that.

Again, I’m feeling a bit tired, so I’m going to keep it short and sweet.

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  1. sounds as if you have had your full….water going in the front door…ugh……but it didn’t sink the boat….you got some useful advice which is always nice….another new experience….sounds as if you could do with some chilling time….mistakes are most likely when you are very tired… will be good to be on the Kennet and Avon canal again and be able to stop off when you fancy. Reading sounds nice and the weather even better. Hope you have a lovely restful evening xx

  2. That image of the sunset really is particularly good – deserves to be submitted to somewhere or other.
    Sounds as though being in the lock with a partner-boat was unbelievably good luck, as without their roof to run across you might have been well and truly lumbered !

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