|The thickly tree lined Avon and nowhere to moor|
So we are here and startled by how busy the placce is with boats.We are moored on the river moorings below the first locks of the K&A. Two years ago we were one of only three or four boats here; tonight there must be 20 plus. Everything from little old wooden ship's lifeboat to great big Dutch barge. And all of us on what are theoretically 48 hour moorings. Hmmm.
|In Bristol waterside development rushes on|
|The concrete shell of an old Parcelforce block waits its turn|
A couple of miles upstream Hanham Lock marks the start of Canal & River Trust territory and time to ferret out and dust off windlasses unused since way back at Stourport.
The Avon locks are on a grand scale – 75ft long and 16ft wide and built out of rough stone blocks, as stately as stately homes. The big gates are not so much heavy as slow; they'll move but at their own measured pace.
The elegant yachts and fancy cruisers of Bristol were well behind us now: we soon saw our first ex oil rig lifeboat and the inevitable strings of timeworn moored craft.
|You're never far from an ex-lifeboat on the waterways|
|Avonside: a terrapin the size of a plate and a young deer|
We've caught our first glimpses of the gorgeous Georgian stone architecture of Bath. Tomorrow it's time for a proper look around.