We popped into our old home, Newbury Marina, today. Hard to believe that it was over 21 months ago when we first cruised into Newbury. A lot has happened since then!
Initially, of course, we moored on the Armco you can see on the right. In fact, right by the cycle chicane. Cycle Route 4 goes off over a bridge to the right here, but most cyclists ignore this and carry on along the towpath!
Since then, following our need to remain in the area (for family reasons), we took on a mooring in Newbury Marina. As Continuous Cruisers, we are only supposed to stay in any one area for a maximum of 14 days, before we have to move on to the next place.
The Canal & River Trust were very good in allowing us to stay over this period, but we could only push this for so long. Having a secure mooring is, of course, beneficial when leaving the boat unattended regularly, or for long periods.
We haven’t been here for a while, though, as we have been having some work done on the boat at Aldermaston. However, we needed some coal and, having some paid for stock at the Marina, we returned to collect a bag.
This part of the Kennet & Avon Canal is technically the River Kennet. Consequently, there can be quite a flow here, especially after rain. Making the river navigable enabled Newbury to be connected to the River Thames, boosting trade between here and London (and beyond).
Today’s photograph is a reminder of our mooring at Newbury Marina, where we hope to return soon.
- Taken: 23 Mar 2017
- Camera: Canon 5D MkIII
- Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm 1:2.8 L II USM
- Focal Length 70mm
- 1/250 Sec
- ISO 100