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No Stopping in Reading on the River Kennet.

No Stopping in Reading for Shopping!

No Stopping in Reading: You can look, but you can't moor.

You can look, but you can’t moor.

I have mentioned before that boaters appear not to be welcome in Reading. This is a prime example that there is no stopping in Reading.

Here, we are cruising through the Oracle shopping centre. Lots of shops and restaurants either side, as well as the Vue Cinema. The River (aka Kennet & Avon Canal) is the centrepiece.

Yet, no provision has been made for boats to more up, and their crews to spend their money. Just fencing and “no mooring” signs. It is so sad.

It would have been so easy during the development stage to put in even a small basin for boats to moor. It could have made even more of a feature of Reading’s heritage. But no, you can’t stop at all.

In fact, even out on the Thames now, it appears that all riverside council-owned land is littered with parking signs. £9.50 per day, £100 fine if you don’t pay. Unsurprisingly, there are virtually no boats moored at these spaces which used to be packed. Such short-sightedness by the council.

So, there you have it. One way or another, if you are on a boat, there is no stopping in Reading!

Photograph Details:

  • Taken: 18 Sep 2017
  • Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10 MkIIA
  • Lens: Olympus 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6
  • Focal Length 15mm
  • F/5
  • 1/800 Sec
  • ISO 200

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