Why a trip to The Three Magpies?
Several reason for the trip to The Three Magpies: Since I moved the boat to our mooring here at Foxhangers near Devizes, (Read about that trip here) the boat has hardly moved, other than across to the pump out. Since we bought the boat, Karen has done very little…
The title of this post is probably a bit incorrect, as we had already past the actual town of Devizes, but the Foxhangers moorings at the bottom of the Caen Hill Flight is still technically in Devizes.
My friends Wyn and Donna continue…
This part of the journey from Newbury to Devizes takes us from Pewsey, along about 10 miles of canal with no locks, but many narrow and overgrown sections, till we reach Devizes and start the descent of Caen Hill. We did the first three locks going down and moored up at the Black Horse pub – a brea…
Kintbury to Pewsey
Part 2 of the trip from Newbury to Devizes took us from Kintbury to Pewsey with an overnight stop at Great Bedwyn.
The stats for this bit:
27 locks, with a total rise of 196 ft 10 ins
1 swing bridge.
We also negotiated the Bruc…
We are so lucky my trusty friends and crew Wyn and Donna were willing and able to help me with the last stage of the trip down to Devizes.
And of course, I am so disappointed Karen wasn’t able to be part of it.
I did manage to keep her updated with pics of what was happening…
The next stage of the trip, Reading to Newbury, also went pretty well much according to plan! Such a shame Karen was busy on a care job, so couldn’t be with me. Fortunately, a lovely couple, Donna and Wyn, who we met during our boating travels in France, were both keen and able to assist.
“There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” … as the Water Rat said to the Mole in “Wind in the Willows”. And how right he was! I hope I can share the pleasures of boating by recording the trips myself and my wife Karen have taken on the journey to actually buying our boat, and now on our very own Dutch Steel Motor Cruiser, Shangri-La 2.
This blog is an online journal of my various boating activities that have happened over the last few years, from the numerous boating holidays we have taken, some interesting work related events and the journey to buying our own boat