Not quite sure why, but the swing bridge over the Kennet and Avon Canal in Newbury has been broken for two weeks according to this story in the Newbury Weekly News
As well as the annoyance of being trapped in Newbury of all places until the boat was opened for one day allowing some to escape, it also means the Halloween trip on the Jubilee looks spookily unlikely unless it has a new starting point. What a shame. We thoroughly enjoyed our recent excursion on the boat, dressed as pirates and scaring the “gongoozlers” on the towpath. It looks like the bridge won’t be fixed for a while, but it’s a little wake-up call as to how important the canal is to the local economy.