It was sunny and bright when we left Eckington Bridge with NB Penny for Evesham on Saturday morning (August 20th). However it soon clouded over and then it rained as we went through Pershore. It was also quite busy on the river, being a Saturday.

We passed Wyre Piddle and noted that a new bar has opened using a play on words on the name of the village.

Bar at Wyre Piddle

The Anchor Inn at Wyre Piddle

Cropthorne Mill – Fladbury Lock

All along this section of the Avon there are many reminders of the floods in 1998 and 2007 with markers showing flood heights, some in extraordinary locations.

Flood Markers at Fladbury Lock

Leaving Fladbury Lock

We moored up for the night at Evesham just above the Workman Bridge and went for a meal at Rily’s Indian restaurant which is just by the bridge. It has been there for 21 years and appears to be flourishing. We had visited the same restaurant just after the 1998 floods and found that they had been recently refurbished. At that time, despite the floods, the proprietor was quite upbeat because the insurance company had paid for the redecoration. At the time he actually said that he wouldn’t mind a flood in about a decade so he could keep his restaurant up to date. He of course got his wish in 2007. The food at Rily’s is quite varied and our meals were delicious. We can recommend it.