Friday, 19 April 2013

Pewsey Wharf - Friday 19th April 2013

1 Bruce Tunnel
Last night we enjoyed an excellent meal aboard Nb Chance and were beaten at cards by that well know card sharp Doug.
After negotiating the Crofton flight of locks we reached the Bruce Tunnel (502yds) and found a raft floating across the entrance. As we neared, it drifted off and we managed to squeeze around it and entered the tunnel. Nb Chance was following and  the pictures show her exiting the tunnel. Going through the tunnel is like entering a new land of rolling hills and trees sprouting new shoots, quite a contrast from the east side.
A little further on we passed the Burbage Wharf Crane which is the last surviving of its type. They were common on the K & A and it was installed in 1831.
3 Burbage Crane
Some of the locks have quite large leaks and give your boat and yourself if you are not careful a good wash. James was very lucky not to have been drowned by these two.
2 Boat Wash
We moored up for the day at Pewsey Wharf and took the bus into the lovely town of Marlborough about 7 miles away. It is a mixture of old and new shops and has a wide high street on which there is a regular market at the centre is the well know Polly Tea Rooms where you can enjoy a traditional cream tea.
6 Marlborough High str and houses
William Golding, author of Lord of the Flies lived in the town and Cardinal Wolsey was ordained priest here so it has a lot of history. There are several little side allies which I like exploring and I could not resist photographing this one of Chandlers Yard.
6 Marlborough Chandlers yard
Not sure what these plants are but they are growing all along the banks of the canal where the vegetation has been cut back.
A few boats up from our mooring I spotted this boat with a grass roof, I must say it did look good but I would not fancy mowing it during the growing season.
4 grass roof

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