Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Dog on a Cold Gravel Towpath.

Fritzie enjoys her drink of water in a collapsable dish.
I enjoyed a nice walk today with S and  Fritzie, a contented little dachshund with very short legs, and who had to walk 15 steps to our one!   We walked to the Caen Hill flight of locks, walked down one side and then back up the other in a bitterly cold wind.   We were both togged up in thick coats, hats, gloves and boots, and Fritzie wore her burgandy coloured fleece jacket.  The puddles were covered in ice but the sunshine saved the day. 
On our way to the top of the Caen Hill flight of locks, 29 locks in all, 16 of which are consecutive.  Caen Hill locks on the Kennet and Avon canal, were completed in 1810, ready for the canal's opening on December 28th of that year.

Fritzie has second thoughts about entering the tunnel.  The canal bridges on the Caen Hill section have an arch for the canal and a separate, smaller one that once allowed a small track to pass through.  The trucks pulled by horses, carried the bricks for building the locks, which were made in the brickwords at lower Foxhangers.

A "I think I've had enough of this walk" look.

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