Narrowboat AREandARE

From the 2009 & 2010 tantalising tales, traumas and stunning photographs of Barry (photographer) and Sandra (writer) from New Zealand aboard NB 'Northern Pride', to the stories of their 2013 return journey, purchase of 'AREandARE', progress on sustaining their live aboard continuous cruiser lifestyle, and Barry's quest to gain residency and 'Indefinite Leave to Remain' in UK ...

Tuesday 7 September 2010

Dundas Aqueduct - why no celebration?

Sunday 29 August

We both set out to investigate Dundas Wharf junction on Sunday morning, but sadly didn't find any other way of gazing at the imposing Dundas Aqueduct than the path I'd discovered last night.  Checking out Captain Ahab's aqueduct blog, he extols the virtues of this mighty construction, but for some reason doesn't mention the lack of good access or why it hasn't been embraced and celebrated as the Avoncliffe Aqueduct, a mere three miles away, has.  So I was none the wiser - what a shame, it's likely that many people just sail over it without realising what beauty lies beneath them.


Dundas Wharf with the junction of the Somerset Coal Canal ahead, sharp left turn for the K & A












        An unusually shaped bow/cratch                                Remnants of the canal past


 Looking back up the K & A towards Claverton

P1330994 Still lots of hire boaters enjoying the canal - albeit precariously balanced!


The monumental structure of Dundas Aqueduct from the ridge ...

P1330949A  the bottom of the path ...

P1330962A and the other side, from the rowing club's jetty











Some more angles, with the railway hugging the side of the river and preventing easy access

P1330992A The view of The River Avon from the aqueduct

After Barry got his fill of photos (and scaring me half to death standing on the ridge of it to get one of the above photos!), we walked along the short arm of the Somerset Canal, browsing in the museum of the Somerset Coal Canal Society.  There's lots of permanent moorings along here, with day boats to hire, canoes and bikes - a hub of activity with a good cafe too.

P1330973 Boat, canoe and bike hire from Bath & Dundas Canal Co, at the end of the Somerset Coal Canal - no wonder there's so many bikes on the towpath


Always busy at Dundas Wharf

We finally left Dundas late morning, travelling along this very pretty stretch of canal and moving through Bradford-on-Avon stopping only for Barry to get a shot of the watermill at Avoncliff Aqueduct. 











Over the Dundas Aqueduct and past this brave and graceful heron, who didn't move an inch

P1340018A Lots of people enjoying the sunny Bank Holiday

P1340037People are always a lot happier and chattier on a lovely day 

P1340029A The canal skirts around the valley high above the river - more permanent moorers here

P1340042 Across the valley the picturesque village of Limpley Stoke peeks through the trees


The old mill as seen from the Avoncliff Aqueduct

We had one lock to work in Bradford alone, then did the next couple with NB Captain Starkey and crew, a shared ownership boat.  Between the locks we'd collected our three pump-out cards previously purchased but forgotten to pick up from The Boatyard, and filled up with diesel and water - there's a very a helpful man there who tightened up our 'stern gland' (sounds painful!) and gave Barry lots of useful advice.

P1340065 Families out on the day trip boat from Bradfod-on-Avon feeding the many ducks

P1340069 The lock at Bradford attracts plenty of spectators ...

P1340072 most of them are just curious as to how it all works

We eventually moored at Semington, just after the junction of derelict the Wilts and Berks Canal.  Tomorrow we'll be tackling the 34 locks to Devizes, so we'll need a good night's sleep and an early start!  We're hoping to find another boat to share the Caen Hill flight with this time ...

P1340084AOut in the countryside again - time to find a mooring for a restful night before the big day


  1. Captain Ahab is silent on the access issue because I have never actually been down to see it in the flesh - my admiration is entirely through the lens of other peoples cameras!
    I hadnt caught the aqueduct bug when we crossed it six years ago on a hireboat!

  2. I thought that may be the case Andy - there appears to be private land on one side and a railway on the other, so a challenge to see the Aqueduct well - but well worth the adventure!

  3. I see private land as a challenge - not an obstacle. I hate to think how many times I have been caught out exploring the lost canals!