Another first for us and that's traffic lights on a canal . It says we have 12 minutes to get to the other end. But with a good old flow coming towards us we will have to speed up to get through in that time. We are on the K&A canal now ,but it is mostly the river Kennet until we get to Newbury and then a few river sections after that.
Some of the locks on the K&A are a real challenge. After a night of heavy rain and only just enough room for one boat on each lock landing, Keith has to position Nb Oakfield up against the lock gates for Inca to get half on the landing stage.
We made it through the traffic lights with 2 minutes to spare and soon left Reading and headed out into the country. Most of the canal here is actually made up of the river Kennet and in some places is no bigger than a large stream. With lots of twists and turns it makes it great fun to navigate.
And finally the last first of the day. This is the first Scalloped lock we have ever seen. It was originally a turf lock. Now it is grade 2 listed and is a scheduled ancient monument… Careful Gary don't catch the side !!
They just love it, the look on their faces tells you that.. An electric swing bridge…All that power. They have the power to stop traffic and the power to crush a Narrowboat in a bridge ole. I think at the next electric bridge i will operate it and Carolyn can steer through it.
Now moored above the electric swing bridge at Theale where we will have a night here before continuing our journey West..