Sunday, February 04, 2007

Wey to go - 3 February 2007

Wey NavigationIn a rare departure from a typical British winter’s day, the forecast for the whole of Britain was for fine, balmy weather.

Reflections on a NarrowboatNewark Lock, the first in the UK

We headed south to walk along part of the Wey Navigation, the first scheme to install locks on a river to create a transport route in the UK. Opened in 1653, it predated the canal building era by around 100 years.

Newark Piory ruinsJust near the start of our 10-mile jaunt we viewed the picturesque ruins of Newark Priory: another casualty of Henry VIII, some 114 years earlier.

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