Wren reached the historic and very beautiful city of Bath on Wednesday 29 June at about 3pm. The relief crew from Bristol had left on Tuesday in order to return to work having done more than their duty on Caen Hill Locks at Devizes - 30 locks and 2 swing bridges. In two of the locks Wren was joined by an adventurous family of swans which was a little worrying but they all survived the experience. As Wren descended the flight the Views were magnificent with Red Kites soaring overhead in the rising thermals.
After Devizes the canal began to get much busier, mainly with hire boats, so there were some short hold ups and a few strange manouvres but it all added to the entertainment. Wren and the boat Slow and Easy - they'd met previously on the Grand Union - were reunited briefly on this stretch as the canal meandered through lush farmland with Salisbury Plain in the distance. But Slow and Easy had almost reached her destination while Wren still had a long way to go.
The weather on Tuesday started out bright and sunny but as the day progressed the grey clouds gathered and as Bradford on Avon was approached it began raining steadily so a suitable but strangely perfumed mooring was secured near the town. (The perfume originated in a cosmetic packaging warehouse next to the canal). The crew then explored the nearby massive Tithe Barn and a little bit of the town before Jess and Al had to pack up and hop on the train back to Bristol. Then Peter discovered a folk session was taking place in a local pub so off he went with his uke and melodeon while Claire decided to have a quiet night in and lit the stove for the first time on the trip - it was very cozy!
The rain continued overnight and most of today - at least it paused about 5pm - but the journey continued without incident into Bath over two splendid aqueducts, the Avoncliffe and the Dundas, and through some lovely wooded countryside. The only drama was the sight of a half submerged narrow boat - it was one that passed Wren on Tuesday - how unfortunate. And, like yesterday, a lot of hire boats.
It's now 6.30 and time to go and look for some food and beer and it's just started raining again!