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William Smith & the Canal

Post by nordog on Tue Oct 06, 2015 4:59 pm

This BBC program gives you a very clear view of the area that I have walked Henry and cycle just a few years ago, I put the locks of the Somerset Coal canal. And the program starts with the beautiful Kennet & Avon Canal. Jen & I was at Limply-Stoke canal cafe only last Friday, were the Coal canal starts.
 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06823cv/canals-the-making-of-a-nation-2-geology
Here they are telling you all about these's;


Henry & Zeus has been here.

And there is a lot more to this canal as explained by Liz McIvor
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Post by June on Tue Oct 06, 2015 11:54 pm

We watched the programme. Very good it was :clap10:
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Post by nordog on Wed Oct 07, 2015 2:49 am

That chap William Smith lived in a house on a very narrow lane between the village of Midford Y Monkton Combe, Henry & I use to walk there often, there is a plaque there but some people say that it was the other house just off the lane June.
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Post by June on Wed Oct 07, 2015 4:05 am

That's interesting Nordog.
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Post by Tan on Wed Oct 07, 2015 4:40 am

So interesting for sure. Never did I ever think of all the planning and all that needs to be done even before the canals were built. Plus of course all the equipment needed. 
All the problems that came along as well, but how well they overcame them. 
Idyllic for all who enjoy the life there on their barges, also of course beautiful views and area for walkers and cyclists. 
Phew, I was thinking how daunting it would be to take a barge there and need to get through the 29 locks that followed one another.  surprise

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Post by nordog on Fri Oct 09, 2015 12:33 pm

The Kennet & Avon is very pretty Tan
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Post by Tan on Fri Oct 09, 2015 1:31 pm

Have you ever been on a barge our Nordog?. An Auntie and Uncle years ago lived on a houseboat. Of course that is different, but well I remember how lovely it was there, so calm and peaceful too.

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Post by nordog on Fri Oct 09, 2015 3:54 pm

What and get my self sea sick, no way Hozay.
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Post by Tan on Sat Oct 10, 2015 2:59 am

Ooo, I would um, well, I would keep you company, and we could sing the sea sickness away Hozay.  Giggle

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Post by nordog on Sat Oct 10, 2015 6:55 am

I remember standing on the key at Tenby as my Jen was about to depart on the tiny boat for Coldy Island, I was feel sick just standing there on solid ground.
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Post by June on Sat Oct 10, 2015 7:55 am

We had a lovely holiday on the canal, many years ago. It's not like the sea Nordog Very Happy

Very calm, slow and placid. It would just suit you as most folk have a bike on board and ride down the tow paths to the local shops or pubs. Great.

The Lancaster canal has no locks and I'd like to go on it again.
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