Wednesday, 26 October 2011

The "Corn Exchange" Devizes, down Caen Hill to the "The three Magpies" at Sells Green.

The Corn Exchange.
The sun shone of our little group of four walkers, who strode out from the "Corn Exchange" in Devizes to walk to a nice little pub called "The Three Magpies" at Sells Green.  We walked along the muddy towpath of the Kennet & Avon canal, passing moored boats, the old lock keeper's cottage, which is now a tea room and then down the magnificent flight of 16 consecutive locks that make up part of this, in total, flight of 29 locks.   This flight is one of the wonders of the British waterways, but is not the longest flight.  That claim to fame goes to the Tardebigge flight of 31 locks on the Worcester & Birmingham canal.  The photos show canal scenes as we walked towards Sells Green and the last photo shows the pub sign outside the "The Magpies."  The pub was busy but we found a cosy seat in the bay window and enjoyed a drink and light lunch.  

After lunch we decided to walk back to Devizes,  so walked, in total,  just under 8 miles.  Tonight I went handbell ringing for the first time. I will write tomorrow about my evening with the "Potterne Handbell Ringers."   It will be great fun when I get the hang of it.

Moored Boat at Martinslade Bridge.

The Old Lock Keeper's Cottage.

Looking up the 16 Caen Hill Locks.

Boats in Lock 44

"The Three Magpies" at Sells Green.

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