3 Sep 2013

The Chestnut Tree Walk, River Kennet

We're back from a time in my home county of Berkshire.
One day I took a walk around an area of my home town which we used to call The Chestnut Tree Walk because of the avenue of horse chestnut trees along by the River Kennet.
The River Kennet is part of the Kennet and Avon Canal, a stretch of  waterway in the south of England. The two rivers, the Kennet and the Avon are linked by a canal and this is overall referred to as the Kennet and Avon Canal Waterway.
The last mile of the River Kennet in Reading, Berkshire before it joins the River Thames has been navigable since at least the 13th century.  Because there was no wide floodplain wharves could be built during the Middle Ages that allowed Reading to establish itself as a river port. Reading remained a relatively small market town until the 1960s and I remember there were wharves further along this stretch of the river near the Victorian development of Huntley and Palmers' biscuit factory. Once railway links had been established the waterway fell into decline until it was restored in the 1990s for leisure and wildlife conservation purposes. Originally the river would have been under the control of Reading Abbey. Today it's administered by the Environmental Agency.



Soon the chestnut trees will change colour and a walk in the early Autumn months on a sunny day will be just as enjoyable.



Huntley and Palmers' Biscuit Factory stood on the site just across from the bridge in the background.
Only one remnant of the Victorian building remains - the facade and outer walls of a small section of the factory complex.






Turning to the right from Chestnut Walk is the entrance to the ruins of Reading Abbey - more about that next time.

Meanwhile, I hope you're having a good week.  The transition between August and September, Summer and Autumn is proving to be a pleasant one this year for many because of the sunny weather. We've had some spectacular evening and night skies with the August full moon and wonderful sunsets on occasions.  I haven't been able to post everything we did in August, but that will have to wait for another time.  However, I will leave you with some sunset photos that I managed to take as a passenger travelling back home on Sunday evening. I would liked to have been able to take some from a stationary situation as the changing colours seemed to go on and on well into the darkness of late evening.




15 comments:

  1. I am loving this time of year with our Indian Summer and you have captured the wonderful skies we have been having beautifully. There is a wonderful sense of everything standing still, balmy calm days, and gentle sun.
    How funny that we should both have been walking along the River Thames, your post takes up from mine.

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  2. It sounds like you've had a lovely time with your daughter. It looks so peaceful along the banks of the river and the sunsets are amazing.

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  3. a beautiful place to walk or even ride on one of those long narrow beautiful boats. i like the very old buildings sitting next to the modern glass building... the old meets new.. and all of it beautiful..

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  4. forgot to say I like the closeup shots of the boats, they are so different than anything we have here.

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  5. I love this post Linda, when I see the old barges it takes me back some. Thank you for starting my day off with a smile :)

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  6. I live near a canal and I love barges! Awesome shots. Looks like you're enjoying yourselves :)

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  7. We've had some great sunsets recently - love your photos because they capture the depth of colour. Jx

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  8. Oh....I was almost sobbing looking at those lovely narrowboats as I've just sold mine!!!!

    What delightful old ruins and stunning sunsets. We sure have had a lovely summer, I'm hoping autumn and winter will be mild.xxxx

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  9. Summer is changing in a most glorious way into autumn, we have had some wonderful sunsets and evening skies over the last few days. The walk looks lovely now but I bet it is also wonderful in both spring and sutumn. Your photos of the narrowboats and waterways are wonderful:)

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  10. Love the painterly canal boats...looks like such a peaceful area. The Reading Abbey ruins :( looking forward to their story.
    The end of our summer has been hot and dry and we've spent a good deal of our time in football stadiums while our little grandsons sweated it out on the field...but came up as winners of the tournaments.

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  11. Love the painterly canal boats...looks like such a peaceful area. The Reading Abbey ruins :( looking forward to their story.
    The end of our summer has been hot and dry and we've spent a good deal of our time in football stadiums while our little grandsons sweated it out on the field...but came up as winners of the tournaments.

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  12. I love a good canal walk and seeing all the narrow boats and barges. Lovely sunset pictures Linda. I love Autumn with its milder days and changing colours.
    Patricia x

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  13. l'automne nous apporte de jolies couleurs
    et des températures plus clémentes
    une promenade au bord de l'eau est des plus agréable
    bonne journée
    tendresse
    edith(iris) France

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  14. The canal walk reminded me of our walks in Amsterdam.
    So beautiful! Just lovely, lovely colors.

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  15. i really enjoyed this walk with you through a town I'm not familiar with, Linda. Your photos are SO good.

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