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Kennet Navigation from Reading to Newbury

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M4 Motorway bridge: Illegal use of towpath: Garston Lock No.102


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2010 SU6570 : Infantry chamber by Bill Nicholls

2007
SU6570 : M4 bridge crossing River Kennet by Graham Horn
Looking south west
by Graham Horn



2010
SU6570 : Going on its way by Bill Nicholls
The narrowboat from the last photo exiting the bridge that runs over the River Kennet.
by Bill Nicholls



2010
SU6570 : Narrow boat on the Kennet by Bill Nicholls
Couple of minutes after taking the last photo this narrowboat appeared on its way to Reading. SU6570 : Reflections in the canal
by Bill Nicholls



2005


2010
SU6570 : Signpost by the fence by Bill Nicholls
Signpost pointing the way the footpath runs and the direction of the national cycleway to Reading.
by Bill Nicholls



2010
SU6570 : Tearing up the towpath by Bill Nicholls
I don't think this is quite legal but at least they are not riding along the road. They were riding the bikes in an area off the towpath before heading off home.
by Bill Nicholls



2010
SU6570 : Sylvester on the back wall by Bill Nicholls
Sylvester is painted on the back wall though I do wonder if Tweety Pie is what he is looking at.
by Bill Nicholls



2010
SU6570 : Waiting near the lock by Bill Nicholls
Narrow boat waits near Garston lock for the one in the lock to exit. SU6570 : Narrow boat on the Kennet
by Bill Nicholls



2005 The "brown rails" which appear in images of Garston Lock are recycled GWR rail lines which were removed when the broadgauge line to Paddington via Reading was upgraded (some would say downgraded) to standard gauge during the 1890's. They are brown because they have a patina of rust. MEP
SU6570 : Garston lock, Lock 102 on Kennet & Avon canal by Keith Rose
One of the few 'turf sided' locks left, dating from the mid-18th ct.
by Keith Rose



2007
SU6570 : Garston Lock, Kennet and Avon Canal by Graham Horn
Garston is the only remaining original example of a turf-sided lock (others have been restored with varying degrees of originality). The sides are not built of brick (expensive) but left just as sloping turf. Built probably around 1723 as one on about 20 turf-sided locks on the kennet navigation. Rails (the brown ones) were added about 1900 by Great Western Railway for safety. Rails (white ones) added in 1990's. Also seen is a WW2 gun emplacement. These are found on the north side of the canal to defend against an potential invasion from the south.
by Graham Horn



1975
SU6570 : Garston Lock No 102, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton
Garston Lock, like Burghfield, is a turf-sided lock and is one of the original locks on the Kennet Navigation. It occupies a very isolated position and is difficult to reach except be walking along the towpath, although ironically the M4 crosses close by.
by Dr Neil Clifton



2008
SU6570 : Garston Lock, Kennet and Avon Canal, Theale by Simon Mortimer
Time for a quick chat as two narrow boats pass through the lock. The lock was built in about 1720 and is a rare example or a turf-sided lock, one of only two remaining in Britain.
by Simon Mortimer



2010 Included to show the condition of the gates in 2010. MEP
SU6570 : Pouring out of the lock by Bill Nicholls
The water in Garston lock has to be lowered so the next narrow boat can enter and from what I can see to keep the other set of gates closed by the weight of the water behind.
by Bill Nicholls



2010
SU6570 : Heading to the next lock by Bill Nicholls
This narrowboat heading away from the lock had some first time boaters who were having a good time going through the lock. Wait till they get to the swingbridge.
by Bill Nicholls



2010
SU6570 : There is a pillbox over there by Bill Nicholls
When I went past here last week I thought it a likely place for a pillbox but dismissed it, I then checked the maps and found there was one but as you can see it is well hidden.
by Bill Nicholls


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