The River Avon

Everything was ready for our trip along the river. I haven’t been looking forward to this part of the journey, as I am not very confident around water, and didn’t know what to expect of a river. Especially as we had seen the Avon at it’s worst in the flooding of a few years ago when we crossed the M5 in a car. Anyway there hasn’t been any rain to speak of so we should be ok.  A few photo’s now of Stratford canal basin.

On the pontoon in the basin

On the pontoon in the basin

Shakespeare's memorial

Shakespeare’s memorial

Statues of various characters surrounding the memorial

Statues of various characters surrounding the memorial

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Despite this area being very affluent there were still people sleeping rough in the gardens. We set off very early Friday morning and the lock onto the Avon was set in our favour. The weather was perfect as the wind had settled down.

looking back into the basin from inside the lock

looking back into the basin from inside the lock

in the wide lock all alone

in the wide lock all alone

getting ready to exit the lock

getting ready to exit the lock

and onto the river

and onto the river

It was approx 7am when we set off onto the river. I needed to start getting on with the washing that had been created by all the visitors. I was allowed to do 2 loads along the way, and we managed to top up with water too. The batteries hadn’t had a good run for a few weeks so this was a good opportunity to do this and get them fully charged.

Passing the RSC theatre

Passing the RSC theatre

beautiful river views

beautiful river views

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first lock on the river

first lock on the river

and it's weir

and it’s weir

caravan park alongside the river

caravan park alongside the river

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one of the many lovely houses along the riverbank. I'll have this one if we win the premium bonds!

one of the many lovely houses along the riverbank. I’ll have this one if we win the premium bonds!

We travelled for approx 6hours. 2 loads of washing done and the batteries fully charged. Think we may have sussed out our new battery monitor too. We stopped at Barton lock as the sun was very hot and we had had enough for the day. The difference with the river to a canal is that you have to moor where there are allocated moorings and not just where you like, as the land will be private.  There are tall posts with rings at the bottom to tie the ropes to; this would enable the boat to rise with the water should it need to. Saturday we walked into Bidford-on-Avon, another lovely little town full of old buildings, and quite an array of shops for it’s size. I managed to get a second whistling kettle for a bargain price. We booked Sunday Lunch at the Frog Inn, as an early birthday present for me; and arranged to moor outside on a 24hr mooring. Perfect. We can partake of some wine with our meal and we don’t have far to stagger back!

The bank at Bidford on Avon

The bank at Bidford on Avon

The Bull Inn in the high street

The Bull Inn in the high street

Bidford on Avon bridge, Originally built in 1482 by the monks of Alcester.

Bidford on Avon bridge, Originally built in 1482 by the monks of Alcester.

the church

the church

Tudor house

Tudor house

stone cottages

stone cottages 

Today we have arrived at our pub mooring after Charlie set the lock, and I handled the boat. The gates are very heavy and my back is noticing it! Another load of washing done, so hoping for the sun to emerge to get it dry. Sunday lunch at The Frog Inn; can’t think of anything better., and so far our river journey has been good.

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