Moving along slowly

Catching up with things we didn’t see on the way through. I marked all the good moorings in our canal book so we know where to moor successfully.

From Bath we stopped at Bathampton and arranged for a Sainsbury delivery at the pub carpark there.The weather has done a dramatic change since we left Bristol, and is more overcast; so our solar panels aren’t doing so well.

After our early food delivery on Friday 30th June we moved to Claverton, managing to do a clothes wash along the way as we knew we could top up with water at Dundas.

Saturday 1st July, a new month and doesn’t the time fly in retirement! It was a cloudy start but the sun did make an appearance later. We walked to Claverton pumphouse, but it was closed and only open on certain days when they have special pumping days.

Claverton pumping station is a waterwheel powered beam engine. A Grade 2 listed building built in 1813 to raise water from the River Avon to the Kennet and Avon canal. It has been restored by volunteers and is a rare surviving example of Georgian technology.

Warleigh weir is in this area and is very popular as a picnic site and many people swimming in the water.

Warleigh weir on the River Avon which runs alongside the canal in places

Next we visited the local church and to our surprise within the grounds is a Ralph Allen memorial. Apparently he was the founder of the modern post office in the 1700’s. But on his tomb it showed he started work in the post office in St Columb when he was 17. Now that was the surprise.

Ralph Allen memorial

may just be able to read his life’s work on this plaque

It’s always good to see history linking up around our travels. The village of Claverton is very select and built of the same stone as Bath and Bradford on Avon. Dread to think the cost of these.

Claverton church

Victoria gets everywhere! This was on a converted building

The view over the valley

Sunday 2nd July and we decided to stay an extra night (naughty as only 48hrs); but it was quiet and no queue’s for mooring. Sunny day again and warming up. Did some maintenance on the boat and spoke to the grandchildren in Australia via FB messenger.

Monday 3rd July and we were off early to Dundas setting the washing machine again, filling with water and doing the necessary sanitary. Noticed a boat on the 48hr moorings that was there when we passed through the first time. There seems to be alot of local boats that do this; just wish they wouldn’t overstay on the visitor moorings. Stopped at Avoncliff as we couldn’t get moored here the first trip. Another aqueduct here but it isn’t as grand as the Dundas one, but built by the same architect John Rennie.

Avoncliff aqueduct

Jazzy train

River Avon

3 arched aqueduct from ground level. Built in 1804 it suffered from casual repair work over the years by GWR; but has now been tastefully restored.

Avoncliff is a small community that started as a centre of weaving. At one time the mills here were used for flocking (mattress stuffing). The old weavers cottages and mills are now converted into dwellings. There was also a hospital here at one stage that took patients to Bradford for treatment by barge; the nurses had to stretcher the patients on and off the barge!

sign at the station

Avoncliff weir on the river

local pub

pub garden

Tuesday 4th July and we moved to Bradford on Avon. We walked into town and I checked out the co-op to see if they sold our favourite olives; but no they didn’t. Back on the boat and 2 firemen came past offering fire safety advice and they gave us 2 smoke alarms and 1 carbon monoxide detector, despite us saying we already had them fitted. Think they have their work cut out though with the state of some of the boats on this canal. Later in the afternoon a chap moored behind us and we got chatting; it transpired he came from Dartford (where I was born). Small world.

Wednesday 5th July and as I didn’t have a good signal and couldn’t update the blog we walked Izzy around Bradford Farm park, and then visited the museum in the afternoon, which was very interesting. Another very hot day.

The Shambles

looking down the Shambles

more Bradford views

Having seen all we want in Bradford and our time on the 48hr mooring was up; we set off early on Thursday morning to beat the heat. Through Bradford lock at 7am. More washing done. Water topped up above the lock. Stopped briefly at Hilperton to have breakfast and popped to Lidl for a few bottles of our favourite wine and some other goodies as well. Off again to the boatyard to fill up with diesel, and stopped at Semington, managing to squeeze into a Breakaway sized space. It is 24hrs here as I had written it on the way through, but somebody has removed the sign, and more non continuous, continuous cruisers moored here! Friday 7th July and we moved off and are now on a rough mooring just outside Semington. We can stay here for the weekend (to avoid the hire boat traffic); and we will move on Monday as we have a rendezvous with a second cousin of mine at The Three Magpie’s pub in Sells Green. As I had bought ingredients for a cream tea I made some scones. I had been seeing all the tea rooms in Bath offering them, so made my own much cheaper.

yummy, but no good for the diet!!

One thought on “Moving along slowly”

  1. Thank you Sue for the history lessons and the nostalgia – my stomping ground for 5 months till the doc got my BP under control! Enjoying your view of the journey. Despite BW huffing and puffing about what they were going to do about the continuous moorers ten years ago I guess nothing much has changed!!! 🙁

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