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Ministry of Propaganda - 18/May/2008: "Sunday Afternoon Canal Walk"

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Sunday Afternoon Canal Walk

It's been quite a while since I last wrote here, almost exactly three months to be precise. A lot has happened in those three months: In case you don't read my other blog, my mother passed away after a long illness. I've been away to WalkIslay 2008. I've moved house, from Swindon to Aldermaston Wharf near Reading. The commute was getting to me, so I decided to finally move closer to work. Now that I live right next to the Kennet and Avon Canal my first walk in the area had to be along the canal:

Picture of a canal lock

I obviously started at Aldermaston Lock, from where I had views of the back of my flat at Lockside Court. My flat is the one on the top floor in the middle of the building, the window in the white section is from my lounge:

Picture of a block of flats next to a canal

From Aldermaston Wharf I walked west along the towpath, nice views along the canal in various places. There were a few cyclists and other walkers on the path, but not as many as I had expected. At times I still had the path for myself.

Picture of cyclists on a towpath next to a canal

I stopped in Woolhampton, first to watch a boat go through the swing (?, or is it swivel?) bridge, then for a pint at the pub. The pub was The Rowbarge, where I had a ‘Good Old Boy’ (Yes, it's really called that) from the West Berkshire Brewery. Also had some ‘Patatas Bravas’ crisps from REAL. Both enjoyed outside on their lawn next to the canal.

Picture of a canal boat going through a swing bridge

Refreshed I continued west along the canal, briefly stopping to watch two boats coming out of Woolhampton Lock (coincidentially those two boats are actually now moored just outside of my flat here in Aldermaston).

Picture of two boats coming out of a lock at a canal

I walked up to just past the lock next to Brimpton Road (I think that's Midgham Lock), then turned around and walked back to Aldermaston Wharf the same way I had come. The distance covered I believe was approx 8 miles, 4 miles out and 4 miles back.

A quite nice walk, for the next time I need to get a map to be able to make it a circular walk. Now some food and then I'm off to bed. Good night.

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