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Monday, 8 July 2013

Arnside to Reading

Kennet and Avon Canal Walk
Day 1 - Friday 8th July.

As I walked to Arnside station at 7:45 am, coincidentally, daughter Jill came the other way by car with Katie on her way to school and baby minders so we had a little chat.

Changing at Lancaster I bought the Guardian and managed to finish the cossword before I arrived at Reading, a great triumph for me, even though the setter was Rufus, one of the easier ones.

Reading station concourse is massive, and I found myself using the compass to establish direction to the town centre.

Although this not a huge town it is crammed with modern buildings and architecture and has a sort of bustling capital feel. A contrast with the drabness of some of our northern towns and the affluent south.

I walked the couple of kilometres east on the Kennet and Avon Canal to its junction with the River Thames and then back again. There were a few undesirables here and there but plenty of other people, but I was wary.

Beggars are frequent sat dolefully on pavements in Reading which makes a poignant comparison with the aforementioned apparent affluence.

I am now in situ at my strangely named hotel, Great Expectations. I'm not sure what the name is about, but so far it is quite ordinary.

The first bit of canal I Iwalked on going east out of Reading.

I know its a bit of a cliche, but one I like - a feeding frenzy of Swans and Canada Geese.

Where the Kennet and Avon joins the Thames.


Anonymous said...

'Great Expectations' -- what the Dickens will happen?

Sir Hugh said...

BC - i did it for my "O"" level Eng Lit. I was expecting the manager to be called Mr Pumblechook.

Gayle said...

I had to smile at you using the compass to find the town centre from the railway station.

My most memorable 'compass in town' moment was coming out of Tesco in Tiverton on our LEJOG, being completely discombobulated and digging out the compass, whilst people looked on as if we were mad.

Sir Hugh said...

Gayle - we should be proud that we have the skills to bring us through such difficult situations.

Alan R said...

Have a good trip Conrad. I will try and keep up with your adventure.

High Horse said...

Wish we were there!

Sir Hugh said...

Alan R. Good to hear from you. It's always good to know i've got some followers.


HH-a bit of canal walking may be good when i get back - we could even include some Geocaches?