After a reasonable night despite the heat, we had a lazy start this morning as we only wanted to come on to Wightwick, about six lock miles from Bratch so maybe two hours cruising. Sheila steered and I locked, working up Awbridge, Ebbstree and Dimmingsdale in its lovely setting. We got to Wightwick by ten and had no problem finding a mooring. We didn't in fact use the actual visitor moorings as they are a bit close to a busy road bridge, but stopped just before.
It's Armco but with a wooden waling rail rather than the usual crash barrier stuff. This meant that I had to use a mooring pin to clear a hole for the chain to go down, but we've managed OK.
After lunch, we walked to Wightwick Manor, the first country house to be given to the National Trust. Built at the end of the 19th century by the Manders family of paint and varnish fame, it looks a lot older, having been deliberately designed by Ould to appear as if it had accumulated over the centuries. Inside, it's a testament to the Arts and Crafts Movement of William Morris and co.
Both house and grounds were well worth the visit and made one of the most enjoyable afternoons I've had for quite a while. Sheila took a fair few photos, but we're close enough to the Compton not-spot to have a weak signal, so you'll have to be content with just the one:
Edit cos I nearly forgot. Ok, I did forget :( Reader Davidss reports that he's having probs with the blog loading in Firefox (see yesterday's comments). Anyone else having trouble?
Jo, thanks for reminding me!