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On the weekend of September 5, 2009, I took an overnight trip on the Kennet & Avon Cycle Route from Bath to Reading. An 85-mile trail, the middle 34 miles are on country roads, and the two ends follow the tow path. Highlights of the trip were the pumping stations at Claverton and Crofton, a dramatic staircase of 16 locks outside Devises, a lovely B&B in Burbage, and countless character cottages and country views. http://www.heiserhollow.net/category/cycling/kennet-avon-cycle-route/
Cycling Route

Cycling Route

Sun 06 Sep 2009 06:19:24 PM MDT
This gallery includes all the pictures from my weekend cycle tour, with the exception of the two historic pumping stations, which have their own galleries.

Claverton

Claverton

Sat 05 Sep 2009 11:26:42 AM MDT
Engineer John Rennie built a water-powered pump to raise water 40 feet to refill the lower section of the Kennet & Avon Canal. Volunteers have completely restored this facility, putting it back into working order.

Crofton

Crofton

Sun 06 Sep 2009 11:26:43 AM MDT
Keeping the Avon half of the navigation well fed with water is a big task, and the summit of the canal is 40 feet (12 m) above any reliable source of water. Engineer John Rennie designed a steam-powered using a steam engine from Boulton and Watt. REstored by volunteers, it is now the oldest Watt beam engine in operation.

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