Friday, 1 June 2012

No water to Measham

This is the start of the disused section which they are trying to restore.
Having ascertained that I could catch a bus back we set off for the walk along the disused canal bed to Measham.  We had been told that it should take about 40 minutes, however that I feel would have been if we had gone on the main road.   In fact it took us at least an hour and a half through some very uneven ground, paths overgrown with nettles and some very high fences to climb!!!   Parts of it were well signposted but other parts left a little to be desired.  In the middle of the walk we came upon a yard filled with old army tanks and vehicles. 
  One of the tanks even sported a Cornish Flag. 
The adventure did not end there however as, after doing our small amount of shopping, we had to find where the bus departed from for the return journey.   We knew it was a number 7 but none of the locals I asked seemed to know anything about it.  All the notice boards at the bus stops did not mention the number 7.  Eventually, with the aid of a very obliging lady in a stationary shop and her computer and several phone calls to the bus company who ran this particular service, (Roberts Bus Services) we discovered where it departed from.  I already knew the time of departure as google maps on my phone will tell me these interesting gems of information.  Unfortunately it does not go so far as to tell me where from........  Meanwhile Geoff and Barney had departed for the walk home, this time along the main road.  This would have taken him only 40 minutes if he had not met huge road works blocking his path and the workmen would not let him even walk through....`ealth and safety mate......so he had to take a big detour.......he was not amused.   Still he was back at Petroc before me as I had to wait sometime for the bus.
The bus dropped my by the Globe pub which is back the other side of the tunnel and when I walked back to Petroc over the top of the tunnel and back to the towpath there is a notice saying that the path from the end along the disused bed is closed......  bit late to find that out.......
The weather has taken a turn for the worse.....we don`t seem to have a middle road with our weather, we are either baking or freezing!!
Later we went for our meal at the Globe and true to our recommendations the food was excellent.

4 comments:

BigJohn said...

If your mobile is an Android, UK Stops is a must have app for buses

gbl said...

Its a iphone and I use the google maps which is great for the times except it doesn't tell you where the Roberts coaches stop!!

WUS said...

Next Buses app gives you a map with pins at the bus stops.

gbl said...

thanks for that...have downloaded it.....