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Wilts & Berks revisited 20 May 18

A repeat of a walk from 2015 to show off the advances in the restoration of the Wilts & Berks canal.

The Wilts & Berks ran from the Kennet & Avon canal at Semington in Wiltshire to the Thames at Abingdon in the then county of Berkshire (now Oxfordshire) with a link (the North Wilts canal) from Swindon to the Thames & Severn at Cricklade.

The walk started from Lacock and via a network of field and river paths, joined the canal just north of Reybridge. A diversion at double bridge took our intrepid band of (un)worthies to the heights of Nockets hill for lunch with a view. In recognition of the previous days' wedding in Windsor, Ginger Nuts were passed around.

Descending the hill, an exploration was made of the partially restored 3-lock Pewsham flight and historic drydock, before following the towpath back to double bridge. This section of just under a mile at full depth and width of water was opened up for the first time in roughly 100 years, at Easter.

Thanks to all who turned up on a gloriously sunny day and were forced to hear this man wittering on about puddle clay, culverts and how not to drive excavators.

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