The Kennet and Avon Canal - Aldermaston Area.
The canal goes through beautiful and quite remote English Countryside on it's way to Newbury. This stretch of the canal offers really nice walking - with several locks and swingbridges to look at on the way. Notable of course is
the very rare Monkey Marsh Turf-Sided Lock - the Kennet and Avon actually has two of these type of locks - the other being a little further along the towpath.
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Theale swing bridge
Tile Mill swing bridge
Tile Mill Lock
Aldermaston Lock and Lift Bridge. The photos below show (hopefully) a nice view of the somewhat unusual curved edges on the sides of Aldermaston's Lock 95. The photos also shows the very weeded up lock-gates - these have actually now been replaced/renovated as of January 2015. Another
perhaps quite unusual thing at the lock is the bridge over the canal - this is a very strong looking but narrow lift-bridge which carries the busy A340 Basingstoke road across the canal (controlled by traffic lights).
Aldermaston Visitor Centre
Liftbridge at Aldermaston
Aldermaston Wharf's liftbridge
Wickham Knight footbridge
Preserved WW2 pillbox
Swing Bridge 31
Wollhampton Lock 94
Oxlease swing bridge
Lock 93 Old Heales
Monkey Marsh turf-sided lock on the Kennet and Avon Canal. Located on the southern edge of Thatcham, The Kennet and Avon Canal has a second example of a rare turf-sided Lock i.e. Monkey Marsh turf lock 90. Built under the supervision of navigation engineer John Hore around the 1720s this lock has been sort of cleaned up a little compared to Garston's turf lock
but is still a good example of such locks. Monkey Marsh turf lock is important enough to be listed as an ancient moument by English Heritage so hopefully it's care-takers - namely British Waterways - will not try and destroy it by replacing it for something modern.
Thatcham, The Kennet
Monkey Marsh turf lock
lock at Monkey Marsh
Monkey Marsh Turf Lock 90
St. Nicholas's Church
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