8 miles, no locks.
We had been in communication with Andrew & Sheila ( Uncle Mort) over the last few days regarding a rendez-vous. The decision was made for them to drive to Bradford on Avon, catch the train to Bath then chug back to Bradford with us. So we walked into Bath to mooch around the shops until their train arrived. A text msg told us that they were on the 11:22 from BoA, arriving at Bath at 11:34. So their train journey was only 12 minutes, but the canal journey back would take us nearly three hours. It’s no wonder that rail overtook canal as the main method of transport in the nineteenth century!
We walked back to the boat, carrying the lunch they had so kindly brought, in blazing sunshine. A short break for lunch, then we set off, with Andrew steering most of the way. This stretch of the K&A has many permenant moorers, i.e. boats moored up that never move, this makes prgress slow. But we didn’t really mind as we only needed to go to Bradford for A&S to get back to their car. we found a mooring near the Tythe Barn about four o’clock. After sitting in the sunshine for a while we retired to the cool of the boat for an early supper, then walk them back to their car. A really excellent, relaxed day’s boating.