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Author Topic: Where did Finn and I stop for lunch today, 18th July 2019?  (Read 3446 times)
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« on: July 18, 2019, 04:25:42 pm »

Pub lunch near this location:

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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2019, 04:39:12 pm »

Limpley Stoke Valley area perchance?
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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2019, 04:52:48 pm »

Limpley Stoke Valley area perchance?

I'd say warm. More specific?
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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2019, 05:06:10 pm »

You're on the canal towpath. Maybe Dundas aqueduct, maybe a different one.
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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2019, 05:07:40 pm »

You're on the canal towpath. Maybe Dundas aqueduct, maybe a different one.

We're getting warmer...
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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2019, 05:21:35 pm »

Avoncliffe aqueduct with lunch at the Cross Guns, which my gran used to keep a long time ago.
It is a pleasant walk from Bradford on Avon, we used occasionally wander all the way to Bath. The good thing about the K & A is that there are pubs every four miles!
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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2019, 05:37:33 pm »

Very nice little tea shop and garden next to the aqueduct.
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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2019, 06:17:56 pm »

Avoncliffe aqueduct with lunch at the Cross Guns, which my gran used to keep a long time ago.
It is a pleasant walk from Bradford on Avon, we used occasionally wander all the way to Bath. The good thing about the K & A is that there are pubs every four miles!

Correct. Well, there's a redundant 'e' in your answer. Avoncliff.

Lunch was indeed partaken in the Cross Guns. I drove down the lane to the pub. Losing my passenger side wing mirror in the process. A partially fallen woodeb fence post hidden by greenery took out the mirror.

But what a fantastic location to have lunch and leisurely shandy. I sat by the riverside, watching the trout in the shallows. With barges crossing the aquaduct and trains passing through Avoncliff Station across the river.

Another location I'd highly recommended. And whilst I drove there, I'd suggest taking the train and then doing the walk along the canal to Bradford-on-Avon.




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« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2019, 06:18:11 pm »

Very nice little tea shop and garden next to the aqueduct.
It's a nice garden but I wasn't that impressed by the cheese and stuff sandwich I had there last Sunday. Probably should have gone to the pub instead!
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« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2019, 06:41:53 pm »

This is an interesting read about Avoncliff

Avoncliff The Secret History of an Industrial Hamlet in War and Peace, by Nick McCamley
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« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2019, 06:50:48 pm »

Very nice little tea shop and garden next to the aqueduct.
It's a nice garden but I wasn't that impressed by the cheese and stuff sandwich I had there last Sunday. Probably should have gone to the pub instead!
Oh dear. Sounds like standards may have slipped. Mind you it was more than two years ago since we last ate there.
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« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2019, 07:06:57 pm »

The K and A lends itself to railway linked walks. Train to Trowbridge, walk to Devizes, bus to Bath.
Train to Pewsey, walk to Devizes and bus to Bath.
Pewsey to Bedwyn is another
Nice level walking with plenty to see.
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« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2019, 07:53:42 pm »

There are certainly some very attractive parts of the K & A.  I do one day a week as a volunteer lock keeper at Seend.  Lovely location, 5 locks and a nice canal side pub.  Another nice pub a few hundred yards up the road into the village of Seend Cleeve.  Very busy at times. Not just boats but cyclists and walkers(dogs optional).
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« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2019, 07:53:59 pm »

Quote from: bradshaw
The K and A lends itself to railway linked walks. Train to Trowbridge, walk to Devizes, bus to Bath.
Train to Pewsey, walk to Devizes and bus to Bath.
Pewsey to Bedwyn is another
Nice level walking with plenty to see.

Unfortunately I didn't spot this thread before someone else came up with the right answer, so I'll go off on a tangent and respond to this instead  Grin

I have cycled the complete length of the K&A towpath from Bath to Reading, and walked a fair bit of it as well. Going east it is reasonably well-surfaced from Widcombe locks at Bath to the eastern outskirts of Devizes (although even on that section there is a dodgy length around Seend). From Theale into Reading it is also reasonably well surfaced, although part of the "towpath" is nowhere near the canal as it passes by the M4 Reading Services. There is a bit of private land there that causes the diversion.

Between Devizes and Theale it is generally only surfaced at the locks and wharves, and the rest of it is grass. Or mud... You can have excellent walks along it as long as there has not been any substantial rain lately, which tends to preclude the winter months because it won't dry out much even if it hasn't rained for a week.

One particularly lousy section is between Froxfield and Hungerford, where it essentially runs along the edge of a field. This field usually contains cattle and, when they want a drink, you can guess where they go to get the water from. Heavy buggers, cows...

There is also a tunnel at Burbage and the towpath leaves the canal for a bit and starts again on the other side.

In case anyone is interested, here s the the view that Streetview gives of that bit of railway at Avoncliff: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.3391305,-2.283005,3a,53.4y,244.92h,86.44t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s3RFZGUu3H-tFey_KUmYMuw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

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« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2019, 10:12:11 pm »

Very nice little tea shop and garden next to the aqueduct.
It's a nice garden but I wasn't that impressed by the cheese and stuff sandwich I had there last Sunday. Probably should have gone to the pub instead!
Oh dear. Sounds like standards may have slipped. Mind you it was more than two years ago since we last ate there.

My choice today was pub or... pub. Despite the opening times sign saying to the contrary, the tea shop wasn't open today.

But then, folks who know me would know it was always going to be the pub!
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