Friday, 29 April 2016

Duck, we've been to Aylesbury

After leaving Bletchley behind we have made our way down the Aylesbury arm into the basin right in the town centre. Since getting used to the wide locks of the Grand Union, we found the narrow locks of this arm, well, somewhat narrow. Some of the bridges are quite a tight fit, even necesitating the removal of the chimneys at times.
It is well worth the detour, even though the arm is only six odd miles with 16 locks! The canal arrives in a basin with proper piers for visitors to moor to and a Waitrose supermarket alongside.
The town is a very traditional market town with some very fine old buildings as well as the inevitable  modern shopping precincts.
There is a fine statue of Ronnie Barker sitting outside Waitrose, commemorating the fact that his career started in the theatre here. Of course the Captain had to be photographed sitting beside him.
One old coaching inn we found dates bach to the 1400s and is owned by the National Trust. It is not clear how they came by the property but it is still open as a pub. We spent a great afternoon there with the crew of NB Muleless sampling some of the locally brewed ales, including a coffee porter which was delicious. Mmmmmn
The weather has stayed cold, although mostly dry, however on our way back from the 'Kings Head' the black clouds gathered and within minutes of getting back on board the boats were covered with an inch of snow/hail.
We loved Aylesbury, but being only allowed 48 hrs mooring we reluctantly made our way out of the basin this morning and found a mooring in the countryside outside the town.

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