Sunday, January 27, 2008

Brassknocker Basin

This weekend we've been visiting friends in Wiltshire and we took a detour to look at Brassknocker Basin which is at the end of all that remains (in water) of the defunct Somerset Coal Canal. It joins the Kennet and Avon Canal near Bath at the Western end of the magnificent Dundas Aqueduct which carries the K&A over the river Avon. The coal canal was once 10 miles long but only a quarter of a mile is still in water now, and this is all taken up with moored boats apart from the gateless narrow lock at the entrance. You can hire holiday boats from here and it would be a brilliant place to start, being immediately in beautiful countryside between Bath and Bradford on Avon. The canal sits high up on the hillside and affords great views. One day we'll take Herbie to see it. I suppose from our base it would take about three weeks to get there

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