TUESDAY 23RD JUNE 2009
We set of on foot to discover Aylesbury and was surprised to find absolutely no mention anywhere about the famous Aylesbury duck. Except on the Canal Society’s logo. Apparently the ducks were too heavy to fly, which is what made them so good to eat and it is thought that now, someone in Norfolk may still breed them.
Aylesbury had at first a Banbury feel about it with architecture from a mix of periods and a small open market trading in the main square, but on following the sign to the Old Town, suddenly you were truly transported back a couple of centuries, apart from one 1960’s church stuck in the middle of an otherwise charming scene. Whilst sitting on a wall admiring this scene, Ron Adams, introduced himself, a retired local retailer with a wealth of local knowledge he is also a keen photographer and an entertainer of songs and monologues and he was able to round out our knowledge of Aylesbury.
We decided to move on after shopping in the town centre’s Sainsuburys. We do prefer a rural setting for overnight mooring, but I must emphasize that it was certainly worth the effort of coming to Aylesbury and the warm welcome we received, although The Aylesbury Canal Society and its permanent moorers will soon be relocated a mile or so back up the canal and the basin will be redeveloped, hopefully not just to provide a pretty backdrop to the new, canal-side developments, but for visiting boaters as well.
We said our goodbyes and headed back out of Aylesbury until we found another lovely location, just above lock twelve, with views over the rolling Dunstable Downs and thank god, good TV reception for the second day at Wimbledon!!!!!