74. River Thames through Reading & Kennet & Avon Canal begins


Good morning. Thank you very much for
watching. Well I finally left the River Thames at Reading. I turned to my
starboard and headed west on the Kennett and Avon Canal. Now, as you go through the
centre of Reading it’s all very built up and there’s lots
of food and cinema outlets but the navigation itself narrows. Ever so
slightly. It wouldn’t affect a narrowboat at all but it would affect the larger
cruiser style boats or wide beams and because of that, it’s quite unusual. You
press a traffic light system. You go over and press a button, as though you were
at a pedestrian crossing and you wait for the green light and you travel through. I
can imagine it getting quite busy in the summer months or in the evenings but I
went really early in the morning and there was absolutely nobody about. [Music] The first lock Molly and I came to was
Whitchurch Lock and it was strange navigating with such quiet surroundings. [Music] I’ll continue past Mapledurham House
down into Reading. After filling with fuel, I turned west onto the Kennet
and Avon Canal passing through the built-up town along the river. I was eager to move
up outside the hustle and bustle at Fobney Lock. [Natural water sounds] The river continued to be popular for
rowers and unlike my experience on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal, everyone
was very polite and followed the whole engine gives way to sail, and paddle
gives way to engine rule. Just past Caversham Bridge there is a
Fry’s Island where I filled up with fuel, which was probably the most expensive I
have ever purchased. [off mic] Molly you need to remind me not to buy fuel on the River
Thames okay {Woof woof woof} Just before the final lock on my Thames journey I needed to wait as
workman past building supplies across the water on a floating pontoon. When
doing my house up it was hard enough to get a time delivery, let alone one that
required to cross the Thames. [Water sounds] Then it was time to finally leave the
River Thames and head west under a railway bridge and up onto the Kennet
and Avon Canal. The K&A as it’s known, is just over a hundred miles in length, has a
hundred and seven locks and 26 movable bridges, of which two are usually left
open. The initial section follows the River
Kennet through the town of Reading. Between Blake’s Lock and County Lock
there is a traffic light system, as the river channel narrows. Make sure you
navigate right up to the side of the river so you can press the button. I
miserably failed and needed to reverse and try again. Then just like any other
traffic light system, wait until there is a green light. As it was still early in
the morning, it changed right away and off we went. With very little designated
mooring and quite high walls, you’re almost deterred from stopping and
spending your hard-earned money here. The navigation does narrow a bit but nothing
like on a canal, so easy to navigate. Just after Berkeley Avenue Bridge there
is a very strong flow of water entering the river from the right. It is
signposted so I pointed Alice my narrow boat towards the flow a little more,
which in turn pushed the boat back towards the centre of the channel. [Music] Here at Fobney Lock 105, be careful as
you approach and leave the landing-stage below the lock. There is a strong stream of water
falling down from the weir here. I had read about this in my Collins
Nicholson Waterways Guide, so moored up right at the start of the landing. In
reflection, I should probably have opened both locked gates to allow Alice to
drift a bit. Instead, I put the engine to work and with a sudden burst of thrust,
quickly navigated past the flow of water into the lock with little time for the
stream to cause too much of a problem. [Music] It was here that I decided to moor up
for two weeks. The river travels around this section, so it was protected from
flood. Despite this section being so close to
the centre of the town of Reading, it turned out to be super quiet at night
and with a nature reserve neighboring the cut, it was a great place to stay and
relax. I’d like to give a big shout out to Bruce Boschek who has just become a
top-level Patreon supporter. Thank you so much Bruce. Don’t forget you can also
follow Molly and me on Facebook and Twitter. Links are in the description
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96 thoughts on “74. River Thames through Reading & Kennet & Avon Canal begins

  1. I would guess that you set off about 5am through Reading, very early for sure I feel !, I worked in reading for over a year in Green Park, from the narrow boat Reading really looks very nice, I do like to see open green fields either side, I would agree with you that Reading is quite a built up city, only ventured into the city about 5 times, there is a very cheap noodle take away Kokoro in Reading near the main shopping centre, if you like hot spicy food !,
    very nice video Juno keep up the good work :),

  2. Lovely cinematography. ..and we walk and talk at the same time.
    You are really fit … I guess it's winding all those lock handles.
    Nice vlog.
    Ta!

  3. Without a doubt that was one of the most beautiful canal boat vlogs I have ever seen! Thank you so much for your artistry and cinematography excellenceโ€ฆ And for always including a Molly dash-past! Absolutely stunning adventure. I'd nominate this for an Oscar if I could! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  4. Thanks for the video it was great, Avoid this stretch of the river during the festival it gets a bit crazy. *in reading

  5. The first and only time I have been on a narrowboat was on a holiday along the K&A. coming through at that traffic light we were very grateful for a passerby who pressed the button for us saving us the trouble of trying to work out the best way to do it ourselves.

    going through initially down stream we were told that part of the reason for the lights was the strength of the current but i dont know how true that is

    we also came a cropper navigating the sharp right hand turn just before you get into reading and over cooked the turn towards the weir. unfortunately the boat immediately behind us did pretty much the same and collided into us. it was very eventful considering we had only had the boat a couple of days with no prior experience. the holiday turned out to be highly stressful but the experience learned then would be easy to rectify for the next time we go on such a holiday, it hasnt put me off.

  6. Wonderful images, nice to see you two doing well.
    Though at 9:07 it's clear Molly's thinking "run up and down again for the camera? Let me catch my breath first, I can't help it you forgot the lens cap the first three times….I'm not getting paid enough for all this… oh well… here goes"

  7. Another lovely vlog Jono and great to finally meet you and gorgeous Molly at Crick and thanks for the info on electrics

  8. Your Vlogs are always beautify filmed and this one was magnificent ..lovely to see Alice galloping along a pathway enjoying herself.

  9. I do enjoy watching narrowboat vlogs. Some have good videos, some have interesting and relevant comments, and not too many, some have very loud music. I specially enjoy Your vlog, as every episode is brought to the viewer in a calm professional way, allowing us to enjoy the scenery and Your relevant comments. Thank You.

  10. Hello man! I like your work! You are the temerar in this times!!! ๐Ÿ‘ Sorry for my english! I see and I feel a transformation at you! Iff ther are possible make a clip wheet your cooking and burned callories and scientifique life! And, Iff you have a helty( medical) problems… there are posibility resolve whit the assurancey? I things there are a problem! Good things! Nucu! ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ—ฝ

  11. Hello Jono, as the saying goes, been there, done it, got the T-shirt and the scars to prove it. This video brings back very pleasant memories. I really hope that you will take time to show the (possibly unique?)* turf-sided locks on the K&A canal. *Others please comment.

  12. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful journey…happy days to you and Molly!!!

  13. about your videos. Nice camera work, good visuals, pleasant and informative. Thank you very much.

  14. Another cinematic gem to remind us all that the UK is such a beautiful, peaceful place away from the "real world".. or is it the other way round?
    This reminds me of a Mary Norton book, with the canal and river "Clocks" weaving their way beneath the "Human Beans" scurrying around in their busy world of offices, supermarkets and bars, oblivious to the tranquil world hidden from them.
    Didn't come as a surprise that fuel is expensive on the Thames… doh!! …with your meticulous planning I would have expected a full tank at Banbury or Oxford.
    Did you find somewhere for your car near the old sewage works?

  15. Did you stop and buy some weed at 5.22 from one of those kindly urban peddlars………..LOL

  16. As always, sets the bar for all the rest, great stuff. Many thanks.

  17. Nice to see my old beat from when I used to be a local policeman in Reading. Part of my beat was the canal between County lock and Fobney Lock . I have lots of funny stories to tell of goings on on along that bit of canal. There was the time when one of my locals found intruders in his garden along the stretch of Victorian terraced houses. He called out "You've got two choices. Either jump in the river or I set my dog onto you". He then heard splash splash "help I can't swim…." My colleagues found them further up the canal path dripping wet.

  18. This video should win an award. It is so beautiful and the editing so perfect that I feel very honored to have been mentioned on it. Thank you for creating these wonderful works of art for us to enjoy, Jono. Molly is a beautiful dog.

  19. Are you going to take Molly for a walk to the Newbury battlefield? You can moor up right next to it on teh K+A, I think.

  20. โ€œWOWโ€ such a BEAUTIFUL time on the water. Thanks for sharing!

  21. I would guess why there's no mornings by the Oracle is because the Oracle and the riverside area are privately owned… Anyways great video

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  23. I have to say. If I won the lottery I would have a narrow boat there. That is my kind of life. Quiet and peaceful and seeing amazing scenery

  24. You are gong in them kennet and Avon canal wow I live near the kna

  25. Good luck with Caen Hill! I still have scars from there…literally ๐Ÿ™‚ Do you have someone with you to help with the locks and bridges?

  26. Hi Jono thanks for the wonderful cruise what a great video and you can see once you pull up some where molly loves to get off and have a run as she is so excited happy and safe boating cheers Barry Sydney Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ

  27. Again worth the wait for such a superb visual experience. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ

  28. been following for quite a while as jim tinker and now the american wanderer…. fantastic scenery and great channel… Im just getting started working on a shuttle bus conversion, videos are on my youtube channel…. keep up the great work

  29. I'm so glad you are travelling down the Kennet and Avon. I watch A LOT of canal videos, and you rarely see vlogs on the K&A. Looking forward to following your travels towards Bath (and beyond?)

  30. Great commentary and video, thanks Jono for another very entertaining episode. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  31. Jono, me and my partner have watched you since the beginning. We loved your content so much you were one of the reasons we decided that, after we'd finished uni, to buy a narrowboat and live aboard full time. We love it. Best decision ever. Keep up the good work and the brilliant content.

  32. we enjoyed this fine presentation , our small group considered it a wonderful example of your travels narrowboating . the google earth mapping is very helpful to us for locating the areas . cheers to you and molly . ; ]

  33. Jono, how do you make a living, on the canal๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฅ‚

  34. You have just reminded me, I had the pleasure, yes pleasure of assisting my elder brother who supplied Action Vehicles on the filming of The Eagle Has Landed. Mapledurham House was the location for the water mill, village and church, the owner would not allow filming inside the church, so a mock was used built in an adjacent field. our job was supplying, maintaining and driving the WWII jeeps and White half track this carried the Bren gun, my job was to drive into the village vision was only through a slot in the steel wind screen. Take 2 was the Bren being used, well I knew it was going to happen but I still jumped in the seat and hit my head. wardrobe made me wear a Helmet and scarf as I might be in shot, well the helmet saved my bonce. The next few takes were with the White stationary so I got out, the onlookers cheered and laughed at my attire trainers, shorts, no top, helmet and scarf., well it was a hoarily hot summers day.

    My brother and I went on to work on the 007 film The Spy Who Loved Me and travelled to Sardinia and Egypt. What an experience we had.

  35. Yet another superb vid Jono (and Molly), and totally agree with other viewers about the beauty of it – your camera, audio, editing and all other technical stuff (which I have no idea about)… but the overall effect is fantastic and getting better all the time!
    Ps i love the maps you include too as it gives the whole thing context (plus I'm a map geek)

  36. Ahoi, Jono und Molly, auf ein neues Abenteuer und viel sauberes Wasser unter dem Bug. Freue mich auf Deine Reise. GruรŸ Leo

  37. Jono love your video's already, but really enjoyed this one even more! I love the music added to the Google Earth section ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. We're heading east on the K&A now, hopefully see you on the way past. ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. If you're passing Hungerford and go through cobblers lock, you'll see an old lock keepers cottage, my dad owns it so feel free to say hi as you pass as we are often having a beer in the sun and helping with the lock, there's a good chance we'll be moored up there by then as well.

  40. Can't diesel engines run on 75% diesel and 25% veg oil to help reduce costs and help the environment?

  41. I so enjoy going with you on this journey of yours. The traveling vlogs are so beautifully done…bravo Jono.

  42. Have you done a video about your camera set up? If not, I'm sure people would find it interesting.

  43. Jono, I have now ranked you as the #1 narrowboat vlogger on my list of 12 subscriptions. And due to the absolutely perfect presentation of this video, I am going to increase my Patreon level accordingly. You, sir, do splendid work – even if you have to reverse once in a while… ;>)

  44. Perfectly presented, in every way. Thank you from your new subbie.

  45. I love these vlogs. Did you watch the series Coast on BBC around 10 years ago? . I definitely get a Coast vibe from your videos. Lovely presentation.

  46. I have just this weekend completed the same journey in the opposite direction. I loved Fobney island, such a beautiful spot with plenty of wildlife. Was lovely to watch your journey, great filming!

  47. Great as always, Jono. I know it's a bit like asking a magician about his tricks and I'm not part of the magic, narrowboating (as yet), nor vlogging circles, but how do you do that google earth zoom in jiggery pokery?
    If you want to keep the secret to yourself, I understand. In which case, I expect an "Ooh, er missus, wouldn't you like to know!?".
    Actually, having thought about it, I think I'd prefer that to an actual answer! ๐Ÿ˜‰ x

    PS Because, odds are, I wouldn't have a clue if it were explained. x

  48. I could not agree more with Bruce Boscheck; this is a most beautiful video and your editing is first class. And Molly is indeed a beautiful dog! I took several screenshots of today's journey and put them into a journal I keep (have kept a journal since I was a teenager – now retired.) What a beautiful countryside you go through. I have only seen the London area of the U.K., decades ago, so your journey was fascinating to me. I can understand the desire to stay for two weeks! Happy sailing! Greetings from the west coast of the U.S.

  49. Iโ€™ve seen all your videos, Jono, and do believe this one is the best yet! Keep up the excellent work.

  50. Paddle gives way to engine? Could I (respectfully) ask where this rule is stated? Itโ€™s a new one to me.

  51. Nice video Jono. The Thames fuel prices must be like motorway prices !

  52. We hired a day boat from Gloucester Narrow Boats lovely people and company, However the day was ruined by the rowers, swearing at us even spitting at us with children on board gang of snobs we even give them right of way cant please everyone

  53. We filled up at the boat yard on the left (@ 4.45 mins in) 85p a litre๐Ÿ˜ณ

  54. Great video! I live in Reading and often walk along the canals, sometime out to fobney lock. It's really lovely out that way. Awesome to see it from the perspective of a narrowboat

  55. Fuel price – you should have stopped off at Better Boating (300m on your port side after Caversham Lock) if you wanted near canal prices….

  56. Technical question. How well is your engine bay sound insulated? Will you consider fitting or upgrading it, or fitting a hospital silencer. Knowing your thoroughness, I would be interested in your thoughts.

  57. The opening few minutes are quite simply a piece of art, Jono.
    What a magnificent piece of editing. Well done.

  58. What a lovely video, the atmosphere at the start coupled with the music was simply magical. Joni you were at your finest on this one x

  59. Jono, thank you so much for your good and well cared job. What a delicious video. Beautiful photography, music, editing, and comments.

  60. Good evening from Belgium, very nice video, (all the others too), very beautiful views and music in agreement, your videos are a lot of people dream I think, bonus for me, your comments are displayed in French, thank you

  61. Journey with Jono I am highly impressed as to how well Molly is trained. I think you should do a special video(s) which explains how you did it. Perhaps you should offer training sessions for owners…

  62. Well that's me caught up with the back episodes. Now I'll have to wait like everyone else for my next fix ๐Ÿ˜Š I'd just like to say a BIG thank you Jono for creating these professional videos, the use of Google Earth and drone footage really helps a gongoozler like me feel I'm there travelling with you and Molly (who by the way is an absolute star!) Right, let's head over to Patreon and see if I can't throw a few shekels your way ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘

  63. Hi Jono I have my own new canal boat being fitted out at Nantwich Marina on the Shropshire union canal. Anticipated launch date Mid August to Mid September. Wondered if you would like to do a report on it as it is a Hybrid and is gas free boat with a lot of solar panels at 1480 watts. The Hull is styled on the Northwich trader boats of yesteryear. Hope to make my own videos when I start my C/C life and wondered if you could give a few lessons on how to make good videos.
    Many thanks

  64. Really good to meet you and Molly – love from Paul, Steph and Tilly on Hang Loose – and Paul has already taken the offer on 3 that you told him about – oh and he is now going to be a patreon again ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜€

  65. Ty for 3 Mr Jono and Tilly likes Miss Molly. From Hang Loose

  66. Jono are you Ok? It has been a long time since we have seen anything from you. Hope that you and Molly are well and Alice as well.
    Looking forward to seeing your next video.

  67. Greetings, love your videos. Some time back you had a concern about your open cruiser sides. One solution is to install canvas inserts between the cruiser stern posts. Dowel inserts top and bottom, grommets on the sides to lash tight. Color same as your top deck?

  68. That was very enjoyable to watch.
    Jono: as silly as this may read , please keep a special eye on Molly would you? Iโ€™ve had a dream that bothered me some. In my dream poor Molly was lost in the city and she was very upset. It was only a dream I know but for some reason it had a great effect on me. Molly is such a wonderful dog and your best friend clearly.
    Sorry, I donโ€™t want you to worry , as I said it was only a dream and I live in the USA. Why Molly would be in my dreams is strange.
    Please keep a special eye on her would you please.
    Good luck on your journeys!
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  69. Not only you produce the best videos, your patreon is the most reasonably priced one on YouTube! What a humble, honest person you are? Thank you for setting an example, thank you for being you. ๐Ÿ‘โคโค

  70. You pick such beautiful background music for your scenic shots, Jono. Great editing as always. Molly must have loved the nature preserve.

  71. I'm 55 and would gladly give up the balance of my life if I could live yours in the next. LOL, Cheers!

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