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Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Kennet and Avon Canal: The Water Road to Bath by Richard Poad (Thu. 30 Nov, 2017 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm)

Richard Poad is Chairman of Maidenhead Heritage Centre and a retired airline pilot.  He has owned a narrowboat for almost 40 years and says that a speed of 4 miles a fortnight is a perfect way to combat the stresses of modern life. 

In 2010, he made a round trip to Bath from his home mooring on the Thames, a voyage that took 17 days in each direction.  In this fully illustrated talk, Richard invites his audience to travel the 100 miles from Reading to Bath with him. He discusses the origins of the Kennet and Avon Canal, notes the arguments over its route, looks at its designer's great engineering and architectural achievements, and admires the landscapes through which it passes. 

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