Summer Cruise Day 17, 18 & 19

IMG_20140721_114115We made good use of our prime mooring next to King John’s Bridge in Tewkesbury, there was a shady tree next to us to shelter from the sun, and the town centre was just a few minutes away.

We look a bit lonely in the photo, but actually there was a coming and going of boats either side of us.

 

 

DSCF5858Neither were we lonely because we were pleased to welcome several Gloucestershire visitors during our stay, Allison, Edward & Hazel and Anj, a friend of our daughter whom we hadn’t seen in ages and who now works in Tewkesbury.
We also made use of  the Buttercup Laundry & Ironing service in Chance Street. (note: NOT a launderette) 1

 

Whilst in the town we sampled a couple of the hostelries, Ye Olde Black Bear,  dating back to at least 1308 and which serves up a nicely cooked All Day Breakfast and also Theoc House café bar, which has more of a wine bar/bistro ambiance and where we enjoyed gorgeous tapas, the Black Pudding scotch egg scoring a particular hit with Joy.

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This morning we topped up the water tank, and it was off upstream passing through glorious countryside in the sunshine.

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After our first Avon locks at Strensham (the only reminder of the eponymous motorway services being the bridge carrying the M5 above us) and Nafford (where a boat moored on the main lock landing forced us to moor on the short right hand landing where we were in the way of a broad beam coming down the lock) by that time we were glad to stop for lunch in the shady Great Comberton visitor moorings.

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Suitably refreshed we tackled our last reach (is that the right word?) for the day, up to Pershore, though the old & new bridges and tackle the complexities of Pershore Lock which has a side paddle which must be used first, and a rise of 9ft, not appreciated when I had to climb back down (and up) the lock ladder because I had forgotten the windlass! I blame the heat!

We were happy to moor up for the night at Pershore Recreation Ground under another shady tree, then had a welcome warm shower to cool off before tea.

1) 5 Chance Street, Tewkesbury – GL20 5RQ 01684 273927

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