We are in our usual spot in the Reading Gaol loop. Right at the end, tied up to the railings. The only other space was near the noisy road. Again it was a 7:00 start. Most of the day we were on our own, but we did share Fobney and Burghfield locks with a hire

Aldermaston Wharf

9 miles 10 locks ( again ) Newbury to Aldermaston today. As usual we were away by 7:00 and did the first few locks on our own. Then we caught up with a rather scruffy boat. We were a bit apprehensive, but the skipper and his crew turned out to be really charming and pleasant.


9 miles 10 locks MUCH cooler today, though it was still 20°C  at 7:00 am when we set off. It didn’t really change much through the day. We dropped down Hungerford lock then onto the services to top up the water. While we were watering there was a brief thunderstorm, only about 10 mins. The


5 miles 7 locks Started at 7 again and finished at 10. We are moored by the church again, but the only spot in the shade is very shallow at the edge, so we are out on long ropes, and slightly on a list. It has been very hot, in the low thirties, again today.

Great Bedwyn

8miles 14 locks A 7:00 start this morning to try to beat the heat, we failed! We had arranged to meet a former work colleague, Mike and his partner Janet in the afternoon at Great Bedwyn, but when we arrived the only available mooring was in full sun, we were roasting. Luckily  a boat a

Pewsey Wharf

12 miles 6 locks With the weather today forecast to be just as hot as at the weekend we decided to make an early start. So we were away by 6:55. It was 8:05 when we reached the top of the six locks that brought us up to the level of the “long pound”. After

Caen Hill lock 44

Hot, hot hot again! 1 mile 16 locks We walked up to the campsite to collect our granddaughters to take them out of Nik & Paul’s way whilst they packed up the tent. They then drove to the C&RT car park at the top of the locks, walked down to join us and we started

Marsh Lane Bridge

Half a mile, six locks It has been extremely hot today, the hottest day of the year so far, temperature in the upper twenties. We spent most of the time at the campsite trying to find some shade. As Paul wanted to see the locks we went for a walk up the cafe for another

Above lock 22

2.5 miles 5 locks Another short journey day, away at 8 and moored up by 10:30. We couldn’t moor exactly where we were on the way down as there was another boat there. So I had to get out the hook and cut cat the reeds and other foliage to make a place to get

Seend Locks

8 Miles and 4 locks Very windy again! As usual we started of just before eight o’clock. After Bradford lock Heddi topped up the water whilst I popped to Sainsburys for some shopping. The rest of the day has been fairly uneventful. The morning weather was overcast, but later the sun came out strongly again.