22 Questers assembled outside the Town Hall in Hungerford on July 27th.
Ann Scott gave a brief history of the town before moving up the High Street and finding some hidden steps which led us around the backs of houses to the common. Ann told us that the towns councillors had fought many plans to build on the common over many years. The 220 acres, now run by trustees as a charity, have changed little over the centuries, the grass is kept in check by a herd of cattle.
Questers dispersed for lunch to several of the town's eateries before boarding The Rose of Hungerford narrowboat for an afternoon 1 1/2 hr restful trip up the Kennet and Avon canal, through the Dunmill lock and return. A commentary from the crew gave us a history of the canal as we glided past canal boat homes, watched the wildlife and partook of the refreshments on board. A very enjoyable day out with the added bonus that we didn't have to pay a parking charge as the barrier machine was not working!