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A Boat Trip on the River Severn and the Droitwich Barge Canal

Updated on August 29, 2015
Welcome to the Camp House Inn
Welcome to the Camp House Inn | Source
'Gina'
'Gina' | Source

A Boat Trip on the River Severn

What better way to enjoy the beautiful English countryside than a leisurely boat trip, we’re fortunate in our country to have so many beautiful rivers and canals to enjoy and I’m very fortunate to have a brother in law with a boat!

On this occasion we spent the morning on a river and the afternoon on a canal, you’ll see from the photos that not only did the weather change through the day but the scenery too!

With the promise from my brother in law Dik, that the day would be broken up by a lunch experience to remember, my excitement was mounting - so it was ‘all aboard and anchor away!’

We set out from the pretty town of Upton on Severn in Gloucestershire on the river Severn.

Upton on Severn has been dubbed Upton ‘under’ Severn due to it being the most flooded town in Britain in recent years.

The river Severn is the longest river in the United Kingdom, it’s 220 miles (354 km) long.

It flows from its source in the Plynlimon Mountains in West Wales, then through several counties – Plowys, Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. It finally flows into the Bristol Channel.

In the 2007 United Kingdom floods, the levels exceeded those in 2000 and the town of Upton on Severn was inaccessible by road.

If you look closely at the photograph below of the pole next to where the boat was moored, you can see the flood markings. The very top mark was made in the flood of 2007 - incredibly this pole is about 20 feet high!

Flood Marker
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Our trip from Upton on Severn to Droitwich

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We started our boat trip on the River Severn in Upton on Severn

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Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire WR9, UK
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Our boat trip ended on the Barge Canal Droitwich

'Gina' sets out on the River Severn

Although the weather forecast was encouraging, the dark looming clouds weren’t, as we set off aboard Gina. We were heading towards the city of Worcester, we had just one ‘lock’ to navigate on route and were looking forward to our lunch stop the other side of Worcester.

The river Severn is a very wide river and although the scenery was lovely it was in total contrast to the canal in the afternoon.

I sat next to their dog Hendrix, who seemed to delight in taking in the surroundings!

We saw some fabulous river cruisers and plenty of colourful barges, their names were quite colourful too! My favourite was ‘Flat Bottom Girl’


The River Severn on a cloudy morning

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A passer-by!An unusual name!Hendrix enjoying the view!A smart looking barge!Passing a mooring'Hendrix' keeping a look-out!Approaching Worcester traffice - glad we're on the boat!A newly constructed bridge approaching Worcester
A passer-by!
A passer-by! | Source
An unusual name!
An unusual name! | Source
Hendrix enjoying the view!
Hendrix enjoying the view! | Source
A smart looking barge!
A smart looking barge! | Source
Passing a mooring
Passing a mooring | Source
'Hendrix' keeping a look-out!
'Hendrix' keeping a look-out! | Source
Approaching Worcester traffice - glad we're on the boat!
Approaching Worcester traffice - glad we're on the boat! | Source
A newly constructed bridge approaching Worcester
A newly constructed bridge approaching Worcester | Source

The river lock

The majority of locks are navigated by the individual boatsperson, but a very large lock, such as this one is manned and has it’s own lock keeper. All we had to do was manoeuvre the boat into the lock and out again!

After we’d entered the lock the gate closed. You can see on the third photo on the bricks, how high the water level needed to rise before it had reached the level the other side and the gate opened.

This river lock was huge

Approaching the two locks
Approaching the two locks | Source
We headed for the lock on the left hand side.
We headed for the lock on the left hand side. | Source
The gates opened for us
The gates opened for us | Source
The gate opening for us to leave the lock
The gate opening for us to leave the lock | Source

The City of Worcester

As we passed through Worcester, we saw the beautiful Cathedral and sailed under the main traffic bridge.

Gradually as we left Worcester, the river started to narrow and the countryside became more scenic.

Boating through Worcester

Worcester Cathedral
Worcester Cathedral | Source
The main road traffic bridge through Worcester
The main road traffic bridge through Worcester | Source
River Severn
River Severn | Source
River Severn approaching our lunch stop
River Severn approaching our lunch stop | Source

Time for lunch!

One of the advantages of being in a boat, it’s so easy to moor up next to a riverside pub - and that’s exactly what we did!

We stopped at the Camp House Inn in Crimley, which if you were arriving by car is a bit off the beaten track - It’s a lovely old country pub!

You can just see 'Gina' moored in the bottom of the photo.


Camp House Inn Crimley

'Gina' moored at the pub
'Gina' moored at the pub | Source

A Pub Lunch with a Difference!

As we walked up to the pub garden from the boat the first thing I noticed was the cockerel crowing! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that the pub was mainly occupied by chickens and peacocks - They outnumbered the customers!

By now, the clouds were starting to clear and it was brightening up so we were able to sit in the pub garden for lunch.

I was just amazed to see chickens wandering around, as we supped our beer and ate our lunch - it was quite surreal!

A 'Fowl' lunch?

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An afternoon Boating on the Droitwitch Barge Canal

Back aboard and still laughing about an unforgettable lunch experience, we approached a small lock that would take us onto the canal.

The Droitwich Barge canal had been a huge renovation project lasting 30 years.

They finally succeeded three years ago, in opening 75 miles of fully restored waterway.

The canal had been officially abandoned in 1939 and the locks were neglected and fell into disrepair. Twelve locks have now been repaired and four new locks created to bring the canal back into navigable use.

A great deal of silt was dredged and removed from the canal bed and was spread on local agricultural land. The dredges were careful to leave the reeds on both sides of the canal to give the bank support

The lock to the canal

Lock to the canal
Lock to the canal | Source
Opening the lock gates
Opening the lock gates | Source
Information board on the tow path.
Information board on the tow path. | Source

The Canal Lock

Locks are normally found where the level alters, they can even allow canals to go up and over hills. Depending upon the change in level it can be a lock on it’s own or they can even come in flights of upto twenty or more.

It’s not all rest and relaxation on a boat, this is when the manual work starts!

To allow the boat to get in and out, and to keep the water in, there are gates at both ends of the lock.

To open and close these gates, you have to push them as in the photo above

To let water in and out you wind up paddles in the gates, which are a bit like valves, using a windlass

The beautiful Barge Canal

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A beautiful sunny afternoon

Gradually the clouds disappeared and the sun was shining, what a beautiful way to spend a sunny afternoon.

The scenery was fabulous, the countryside quiet and peaceful. Our only company the Dragonflies, Kingfishers, ducks and occasional Heron!

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Photo of a canal lock taken from a footbridge | Source
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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      Good Morning Lesley...what a wonderful trip you have taken us on. Between you and Eddy I so want to visit Wales one day..It is so beautiful and seems as if there is some much to see and admire. Thank you for a wonderful hub. I love the pictures. Of course my love for chickens would assured a great day...How funny that your lunch was spent with many of them. God bless,

      Sunnie

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      Mary Strain 4 years ago from The Shire

      Another gorgeous day trip, MM! You live the life! Wish I could magically teleport myself over to go on a sunny cruise down the Severn! :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Such beautiful country! Thank you for a wonderful tour!

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      Gypsy Willow 4 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Wonderful hub and beautiful journey. Always wanted to take a canal cruise. Now you have tempted me. Thank you!

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Lesley, I have never been on such a lovely cruise. Thank you for providing a way to float away from daily tasks for a little and daydream. How delightful.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Sunnie, Yes there is so much to love and enjoy here - maybe we will see you one day?

      Having lunch with all the chickens running around was certainly different!

      Many thanks for your comments, take care and best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Molly, I would have loved to have had your company on the cruise too!

      Thank you for visiting and your comments, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Billy, thank you for joining me on the tour, it's always great to have your company!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Gypsy Willow, I hope you get to take a canal cruise one day, it's a wonderful way to enjoy the countryside at a lovely leisurely pace!

      Thank you for your comments, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Phyllis, I'm so pleased you enjoyed the cruise - thank you for your comments, enjoy the rest of your day!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Lesley. What a wonderful day you have allowed us to follow along. It looks so peaceful and relaxing. I note that there is always time for a brew at a convenient pub. As per your usual standards the photography is wonderful. If you are not careful, soon you will be booking tours of the English countryside, while operating your B&B.

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      How I've missed these Wonderful Trips that we've been able to come along, thanks to your Excellent descriptions and Beautiful Pictures. I've been away Lesley, but now I'm back to Enjoy!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Lesley, some fabulous pics. you're so right about the beautiful country side in the UK but such a pity about the rain, but then again, that is exactly why it's such a green and pleasant land :). We used to live about 5mins. walk from the Grand Union in Berkhamsted, still go back to walk the dog now and again. This is another brilliant hub, loved it. Voting up.

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      Joyce Haragsim 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Movie Master, Hi Lesley, this is If only I had realized about the canal ride when in England I would have jumped at that. The photo's are very picturesque.

      Voted up and awesome, Joyce

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      maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain

      Lesley what a fabulous hub, years ago we use to spend all our spare time and holidays on the water and we have been on the Seven a couple of times.

      So not only did I love your hub for its content but for the memories of happy days spent on the water that it evoked.

      My son and I have been wracking our brains trying to identify what type of cruiser this is.

      We haven't been on the water for over 10 years so it might be after our time but it looks so familiar.

      Could you put us out of our misery and tell us the make of boat, it looks so similar to lots of makes but we have scoured the net looking at images for the different makes that we could think of and we just cannot find a match for it.

      It is certainly a lovely looking cruiser, and I cannot think of a better way to spend such a lovely day than on the British waterways ,

      Thank you so much for sharing your day out the photographs are beautiful and your writing gave them life.

      Voting up and hitting the buttons as I leave :D

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Very very lovely Lesley! thank you for sharing this trip and for taking us along with you.

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      You had a lovely relaxing day, thank you for taking us along with you Lesley. Awesome photos and you are making me so jealous. Lol

      I have freinds who spend a week every year on the canals and they love it.

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Lesley,

      I am loving taking my armchair trips with you. Your photography literally transforms with its exquisite form.

      The Worcester Cathedral is utterly breathtaking.

      I appreciate a good meal in the deal, with liquid indulgence and always appreciate the stops at the pubs in your trips.

      Lovely...Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Lesley, always a joy to take a trip with you, this time a boat ride. I really enjoy how you set everything up on your articles. I have learned so much about your country in the last year, such a beautiful place. Amazing job as always. And then the pictures, you already know how I feel on that area:) Voted up and all across but funny MM. Best wishes always:)

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow.. Unbelievable... like a fairytale. Thank you so much for taking us along.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Mike, yes we normally mangage to squeeze in a pub lunch on our days out!

      Many thanks for joining me on my latest tour, it's always great to have your company, glad you enjoyed it!

      Have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi b.Malin, it's good to see you back and I hope all is well with you.

      I'm so pleased you enjoyed the boat trip, many thanks for your comments, enjoy your day and best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi tobusiness, I too enjoy a walk by the canal, I always think it one of the most peaceful places in our countryside!

      Thank you so much for your comments and continued support, it is much appreciated!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Joyce, what a shame you didn't experience a trip on the canal while you were living here - well at least you have had a 'virtual' visit now!

      I'm so pleased you enjoyed the pictures.

      Many thanks for your votes my friend, best wishes Lesley

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Thank you for taking us on this fascinating trip! Truly one I'll never get to see. The photos are lovely..what a great countryside...here I only get to see peacocks in the zoo BTW. Now I know what the longest river in the United Kingdom is!!

      Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi unknown spy, thank you for joining us on the boat trip, glad you enjoyed it!

      Many thanks for your comments, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Rosemay, we had a wonderful relaxing day on the boat, I wish we could have stayed with my sister and brother in law, they were spending a week on it!

      Many thanks for your comments, take care and best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Maggs, it is a lovely cruiser, it belongs to my brother in law - I'm not sure of the type I will need to check with him and will email you as soon as I know.

      We join them on the boat as often as time allows, which is never enough!

      I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading, your comments are much appreciated thank you.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Maria, I do like a good meal and a little liquid refreshment on a day out!

      Yes the Worcester Cathedral is very beautiful - I'm so pleased you enjoyed the trip, many thanks for your comments and votes, have a fabulouse day, hugs Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Ricky, I always love to have your company, thank you for joining me on the boat trip, glad you enjoyed it!

      Many thanks for your comments and votes, best wishes and take care, Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Mhatter99, thank you for joining us on the trip, glad you enjoyed it!

      Many thanks for your comments, enjoy your day, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi tillsontitan, I'm so pleased you enjoyed this boat trip in our beautiful countryside - a beer with peacocks for company was a first for me too!!

      Many thanks for your comments and votes, have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley

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      stessily 4 years ago

      Lesley, The River Severn was one of the first rivers I heard about as a toddler, and I've loved that name ever since. It's clearly a photogenic river, with its beauty captured by your photos. I have long dreamed of touring the UK by boat, and your photos convince me that it's a dream which needs to be realized.

      I love locks. When we used to make our monthly visits back to my hometown in my childhood, my parents would always ask DeeDee, my brother, and me what we wanted to see there. Each and every time we'd exclaim, "The locks!" They were wooden, and their value was greatly enhanced by an excellent ice cream parlor nearby, at which we always stopped on our way out of town.

      I'm especially drawn to these two photos: "Photo of a canal lock taken from a footbridge" and "River Severn approaching our luch stop".

      That blue barge is sleek!

      Appreciatively, Stessily

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      What a wonderful Hub! You have surpassed yourself, if that is at all possible! I have read a lot about these locks on the various rivers, that is something we do not have in Chile. It must be a fantastic experience to actually go through the locks, and how cleverly they are designed! Some of them are quite old, those practical engineers were marvelous builders! Voted up, awesome, beautiful and interesting. Have a good day! Also shared.

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      Derdriu 4 years ago

      Lesley, It's amusing how the inn posts "good food" and "family garden" and "children's play area" as attractions. Perhaps they also should include "photogenic fowl"!

      Respectfully, and with many thanks and all the votes for such a wonderful boat tour you've shared through (claustrophobic) locks and scenic countryside, Derdriu

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Dear lady, your hubs make me want to visit each place your describe. I love your detailed writing and the photos that add to the content. Thank you for allowing us this wonderful tour.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Stessily, we always enjoy working the locks, especially on a warm sunny day, running along the tow path to open the gates ready for the boat.

      The most we have done is a flight of 15 in one go - it keeps you fit!

      thank you so much for your visit, comments and votes, take care and best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi joanveronica, yes the locks are an incredible piece of engineering!

      Thank you for joining us on the trip, your comments, votes and share are much appreciated.

      Enjoy your day and best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Derdriu, they certainly were some very photogenic fowl - I am sure that cockerel was posing on the bench for me!

      Thank you for joining our trip and your comments and votes, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi teaches12345, than you so much for your lovely comments - they have made my day:-)

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and beautiful. Thanks you for this fantastic river tour. The pics are wonderful. Much enjoyed and passing this on.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Gypsy Rose Lee, thank you for joining us on the river and for your super comments and votes!

      Enjoy your day, best wishes Lesley

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks so much for letting us tour the countryside via the canal with you! Such a beautiful day for you to get great photos--a lovely trip!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi RTalloni, and thank you for joining the tour, I'm so pleased you enjoyed it!

      Have a wonderful weekend, best wishes Lesley

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great Hub Lesley. Beautiful photos. Looks like a great day was had.

      Love the photos of the chickens.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi bdegiulio, thank you so much for joining us on the boat trip, glad you enjoyed it!

      I hope all is well with you, have a wonderful weekend, take care and best wishes Lesley

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Thanks for taking us all on this boat trip. I feel like I have been right there! Your photos are gorgeous as always. I am bookmarking all these articles you write about England. Someday I will get there and I have my trip all planned thanks to your beautiful articles. Thanks so much for sharing the English countryside with us! Voted up and shared.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi suzette, thank you for your beautiful comments, they really mean a lot to me - a wonderful start to my day!!

      Thanks for the votes and share too, have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Wow! What a ride! Felt as though I was there seeing the gates being opened for our enjoyment. That Gloucestershire Cathedral took us back to 1349. Glad your brother in law Dik had that Boat available. Unforgettable pics indeed!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Joseph, glad you enjoyed the ride!! it's a great way to enjoy the beautiful english countryside, many thanks for joining us!

      Take care and have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      this looks so wonderful I wish I could be there with you and have lunch and ride down that canal, river.. the pictures are wonderful.. voted way up and sharing

      Debbie

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Debbie, I wish you could have joined us!

      It was a fabulous day, if only we could do it every week!!!

      I'm so pleased you enjoyed the pictures, thank you for your comments, votes and share, best wishes Lesley

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Such beautiful pictures. I love the chickens. Look like a very fun day. Voted uP!

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      What a delightful hub, Lesley, and your photos (as usual) are marvelous! I did so enjoy taking this trip with you. I've read many books from the UK that featured the canals and locks, so it was enjoyable to me to see them from the perspective of traveling the canal in a boat and approaching the locks. I especially liked the photo of the cathedral taken from the water. The river Severn is beautifully scenic, framed as it is by greenery. Thanks for sharing this with us! Voted Up++++

      Jaye

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      Nettlemere 4 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      What an especially lovely canal, it's great that they've managed to get it it running again. I shall be recomending it to my cousins who spend months on their narrowboat going all over the country.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi moonlake, they were some pretty smart looking chickens - some posers too!

      We had a great fun day, many thanks for stopping by and your votes!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Jaye, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading about our boat trip - the morning river trip was cloudy and overcast and the afternoon canal trip was beautiful and sunny.

      Travelling on the river was totally different to the canal, so it was quite the day of 'two halves!!'

      Many thanks for your comments and votes they are much appreciated.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Nettlemere, we've been on a few canals and this one is my favourite, it's still not used very much and is so unspoilt and quiet - I would certainly recommend it to your cousin!

      Thank you so much for your comments, best wishes Lesley

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      Nettlemere 4 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      The Kennet and Avon was an old haunt of mine and certainly lovely - I recomend it if it's not one of the ones you've been to, but Droitwich looks even prettier (and it certainly beats the canal through Burnley near me!)

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Nettlemere, my brother in law - Dik produced a navigation map for the river Avon, I shall have to speak to him re a trip on the Kennet!

      Yes the Droitwich barge canal is really pretty.

      Many thanks, Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Satrio, thank you for reading, it's a shame you live too far away to visit for a boat trip!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Lovely hub, and beautiful photos. A boat trip sounds like fun. GBY , and we cherish you.

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      Smart Alex 4 years ago from New York

      Hi Lesley, Thats what I call a great trip. We spend our weekends on our boat but since we are on a lake only travel on circles! What a great experience to see the countryside so upclose. Thank you Sincerely Alex

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi stars, yes it was certainly a great day out and a wonderful way to enjoy the countryside.

      Thank you for visiting today and best wishes to you, Joann and Becky.

      Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Alex, your comment made me laugh re travelling in circles!!

      A boat trip is the perfect way to enjoy the countryside here, especially on the canals.

      Thank you for reading and your comments, they are much appreciated.

      Enjoy your weekend, best wishes Lesley

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Movie Master

      this is a wonderful visual treat.

      Thank you

      Cheers

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Vinaya, thank you for joining us on our boat trip and your comments, have a wonderful day, take care and best wishes Lesley

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I could scream I haven't seen this, sorry would have been here right away had I had notice. Always love your hubs and pictures. Haven't been around rivers and boats since I was a kid with my dad. Such fun I know. Gorgeous pictures! Up and sharing.

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      scarletquill99 4 years ago from Australia

      Just beautiful. I remember how great it was on my trip to England watching the narrowboats negotiating all the locks. Not too many canals in Australia!... well, some... but the extent of the canal networks in England was fascinating. I loved all the little cafes, pubs, playgrounds and homes built alongside the canals, it really makes for a relaxing atmosphere. The ones I saw in England were so narrow and quaint compared to the wider canals I've recently been on in (continental) Europe.

      Folks displaying their unique artworks and things for sale on the side of their boats was interesting to see as well. It's a cool little world that's sprung out of the waterways that were so vital to the trade boom and the industrial revolution.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Jackie - and I love to have you visit!!

      Boat trips are always fun, especially when the weather is fine, opening locks in the pouring rain isn't quite so enjoyable! we were fortunate the weather improved for the canal in the afternoon!

      Many thanks for your comments, votes and share, have a wonderful day and take care, Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi scarletquill99, thank you so much for visiting and your great comments.

      I agree the canal network here in England is a little world all of it's own and is a fascinating one!

      Thanks again, best wishes Lesley

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      WOW, enjoyed reading this wonderful hub. Amazing photos. The canal is really great and the view awesome. Voted up and shared. You do wonders with your camera!!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Vellur, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading, thank you for your wonderful comments, votes and share!

      Have a fabulous day, best wishes Lesley

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Movie Master, what a lovely trip! Thanks for sharing all these beautiful pictures. Voted up and absolutely awesome!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Martie, thanks for joining us on the boat trip, your comments and votes, I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

      Have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley

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      dreamseeker2 4 years ago

      Great pictures as very intriguing. Loved the colors. Thanks for sharing. Made me want to visit there. Good information here! : ) Voted up!!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi dreamseeker2, thank you for joining us on the boat trip, glad you enjoyed it!

      Your comments and votes are much appreciated, have a wonderful weekend, best wishes Lesley

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful hub and saved as a favourite I also share onto my FB page 'Everyone Has A Dream.'

      Enjoy your weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful hub and saved as a favourite I also share onto my FB page 'Everyone Has A Dream.'

      Enjoy your weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Eddy, thank you for joining us on the boat trip - one day we will meet in person, I'm sure!

      And many thanks for including this on your wonderful 'Everyone has a dream' page.

      Have a fabulous weekend, best wishes Lesley

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      Kamalesh050 4 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

      What a wonderful boat trip you had Lesley! The photos are all Superb!

      Thanks for sharing. Voted Up & Awesome.

      Taking this opportunity to wish you and your family a Wonderful Christmas and a Very Happy New Year. May God Bless you my friend.

      Kamalesh

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Kamalesh, I hope all is well with you - wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

      Take care and best wishes my dear friend, Lesley

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      What a wonderful trip you took! This was just beautiful! I love all the scenery and the canals are so awesome. Your pictures are wonderful as always. Voting up and more! :)

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Sheila, yes we had a wonderful trip, the scenery was fabulous especially on the canal - thank you for joining us, your comments, votes and the more!!

      Best wishes Lesley

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