The far from stunning entrance to the K&A from the Thames - scruffy and dirty but it does get better.
Half way through Reading you come across traffic lights and have to stop and push a button just like a pedestrian crossing as the next section is one way and a bit winding. Unusual and far less dangerous than some of the northern canals - that don't have lights.
A lot of the locks on the Reading section only have paddles in the gates. These little jets are caused by barely opening them. How on earth a boat hasn't been sunk is beyond me. Get too far forward and open a gate a little too much and a boat could fill up in seconds.