DAY 1 READING TO KINTBURY
The train pulled into Reading Station and we were off through the damp grey morning and pleased not to be in the town too long. We soon gained National Cycle Route 4, which was to be our companion for the seventy odd miles across three days, heading west.
|FOBNEY LOCK near READING|
We cycled past fields and hedgerows, over or under bridges that protected the sluices that feed or feed off the canal’s water supply. Sheep’s parsley as tall as trees and yellow flag irises were constant companions for this three-day pedal.
By lunchtime it was hot. A pint and a gigantic sausage baguette were served with a modest side order of fries and a warm smile at the Butt Inn at Aldermaston Quay. The word ‘quay’ testifies to the huge amount of commerce this canal carried.
A lovey afternoon in the saddle, our path running parallel with the Great Western Railway track; the train network that was to deprive the canal of all its business when the GWR opened in the mid 1800’s.
Teatime was enjoyed in Newbury, at the canal side tearooms with a tempting array of cakes. http://on.fb.me/1ismcPY
|TEA IN NEWBURY|