Motorcycling to Caen Hill Locks at Devizes UK
So the cold has returned!
Welcome to my hub on our trip to Caen Locks, Devizes.
Can't believe the difference in weather from the last ride out. I had to wear so much gear to keep me warm this time and still by the time we reached the Locks my feet were frozen and my nose felt like it was going to fall off!
Luckily I had my camera because that stopped me throughout the journey thinking about how cold it was and having a moan in my hubbies ear.
Another good turn out although not as many as the first ride out of the season and a few regulars were sorely missed.
Mike commenced his briefing to everyone and away we went.
The sky looked a little bit concerning!
As we started to head off I was sure that it may rain. I was wrong, the sky looked very dark and miserable and was making me wish I hadn't gone! My minimum temperature for riding is 12 degrees I was told it was a lot less than that!
As the day unfolded and I became colder I thought to myself I must remember, why, next time we go out that I don't go out unless it is above 12!
That said the ride got underway and as I was starting to take my piccies I forgot about the dark sky and embraced the views that I was luckily to see on the back of a motorbike.
Linseed fields are looking stunning!
I couldn't believe how beautiful the linseed fields looked, if the sun had been shining they would have looked even more beautiful and the smell was breathtaking.
As we rode taking in the beautiful countryside all thoughts of the cold escaped my mood.
South and Southeast England - our treasure
I love Hampshire, born and bred in this lovely area of the UK it is well worth a visit.
At the heart of the South and South East of England lies London, surrounded by the wealth of beautiful and interesting places to see. In Kent lie the orchards of the 'Garden of England', Sussex holds the majestic South Downs and then you have the New Forest, Britain's best loved woodland and not forgetting the Chilterns.
Along the coast lie historic towns, ports and many popular resorts. Inland are famous cathedral cities such as Canterbury, Chichester, Winchester the university city of Oxford; and there are castles, too, as at Arundel and Windsor along with great houses like Hampton Court, Hatfield and Blenheim. This is also the territory of the Thames, where boats ply busily to and fro under bridges, past church spires and stately homes.
It is a magnificent touring area with a wide variety of contrasts, and there is nothing like exploring these areas on a motorbike, a must for all you bikers out there looking for places of interest to visit.
It's hard to capture all of the bikes at any given time
I try very hard to capture the riding styles of all of the riders within my piccie's and I find it quite difficult as we are normally moving at the time that I am taking them.
These picture are just a few of the many that were taken during the day and I think I still have a little work to do in trying to capture the spirit of the moment.
The roads were awesome
Mike had chosen a very nice bendy and winding route for the trip to the locks and I could tell that hubby was enjoying the ride!
Riding Hampshire roads in the UK, others perspective on them
I started to feel relieved that we had arrived at the Locks
Freezing, absolutely freezing! It really had been a cold ride and I just couldn't wait to get in the warm and have a cup of hot chocolate! I know the other ladies in the group felt the same.
A little research intot the Kennet and Avon Canal here in the UK
The 87 mile long Kennet and Avon Canal passes through 104 locks to connect to the River Kennet at Reading with the Avon at Bath. Extended by the Thames and Avon, it also links London with Bristol. It was opened in 1810, but after only 40 years its traffic had moved to the faster and more flexible railways, and the canal fell into disuse.
The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust was founded in 1962 with the aim of achieving the complete restoration of this historic waterway by 1990. It has its office in a restored wharf building in Devizes.
There is a public towpath in Wiltshire; some of the prettiest stretches lie east of Devizes, where the waterway meanders through the Vale of Pewsey.
Caen Locks were a real eye opener
I had never been to Caen Locks at Devizes before and found the experience very interesting. In all there are 16 locks and they are really heavy. I watched as some of the riders pulled the big beam to one side and it took more than one to move it!
Not for me I'm afraid! I know that it is meant to be quite an experience travelling down the canals and stopping off at cafe's and pubs but the locks seem like a lot of hard work to me, give me the motorbike any day!
Warming up nicely!
How lovely to have a cup of hot chocolate and a pasty to warm us up. It done the trick and the cafe staff were lovely, made us bikers feel really welcome!
And, as you can see from the pictures a good time was being had by all!
More information about the Caen Locks
What a treat!
I love these next three pictures. Just happened to be in the right place at the right time to catch this swan fishing! Beautiful.
Getting ready to set off again
After a little wander and a chat it's time to set back off home and enjoy a lovely hot soak in the bath to take the coldness away that had reached the core of my bones!
Glad to say there wasn't too much traffic
Not surprised that there was little traffic on this ride out, and the other regulars that didn't make it this time were probably sat in the warm reading the Sunday newspaper's as we rode.
So second ride out successful and under their belts, thanks and appreciation go out to Mike and Tim
Lovely day, great experience and somewhere new to add to our bow!
Until next time, keep your eyes peeled as we are off to the Magnificent Motors at Easbourne on Sunday the 3rd May. Meet at Lysses Path Car Park, Fareham for a 9 a.m. departure.
See you there!
Oh and Ride safe!
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