Sharmain says "Goodbye" this afternoon to the passengers on the final cruise of the "Kennet & Avon Canal" trip boat the "Kenavon Venture." Our trip boat season runs from Easter until October, and this year ends this Sunday, because the clocks go back tonight, and the boat now needs adequate port and starboard lights to meet new regulations for travelling at dusk and in the dark.
Paul guides the boat under Cemetry Road Bridge into her mooring at Devizes Wharf, just this side of the bridge to the right. The boat is licensed to carry 54 people, passengers and crew, and has tables with forward and aft facing seats. The seats in the front window, are the favourite places for children, where they can sit and watch the ducks swim past. The galley sells tea, coffee, beer, wine and light snacks, and also packets of special duck food for children to throw out of the open side hatches. The boat will now rest until the "Santa Cruises" begin in December.
The wharf at Devizes.
The mooring for the "Kenavon Venture" to the left foreground. The tall building is an old wharf warehouse, which now serves as "The Wharf Theatre." Two hire boats are moored beside the theatre, with other narrowboats moored beside the towpath to the right. Autumn has arrived in Devizes, and today was cold.