A few more locks this morning took us up to the summit of the K&A. Originally the plan was to have the summit lower, and have a tunnel several miles long through the hills, but that turned out to be too expensive, so the solution was to make the canal higher, and pump water to the top. There is one stretch of tunnel about five hundred years long where the land owner refused to look at a canal. It was built using the cut-and-cover technique. A large cutting was made down to tunnel level, then a brick roof was put in, and finally the soil was put back over the tunnel. It took about two million bricks, hand made at the Caen Hill brick works and shipped, of course, by canal boat.
We are moored in another picturesque village full of thatched cottages, Great Bedwyn.
However, Great Bedwyn has a couple of other things going for it. For one thing, they have duck warning signs up.
It’s about time someone besides me alerted people to the avian aquatic menace. Thank you, Great Bedwyn.
This is Greg and Karen’s last night on the boat, so they took us out to dinner (again!) this time to the one pub in the village that was open tonight. Unfortunately the pub is on the market, and no longer had food service. However, the bar staff recommended a couple of Indian takeaways that would deliver to the pub, so we ended up with with an excellent and unexpected Indian meal. Thanks, guys.