Braunston to Hillmorton

Yesterday we did a small shuffle from our mooring just past Braunston turn, to a more open spot further along, which was better for the solar panels, and also easier to do the circular walk we had planned.

Braunston church

Braunston church

We set off for our walk through a field full of sheep and up the hill toward the church.

View from the top of the hill looking down to the canal. Our boat is the one on the right.

View from the top of the hill looking down to the canal. Our boat is the one on the right.

The church had scaffolding around it as obviously renovation work was being done. We walked into Braunston town. We remembered it from the last time we were here as the pavements are raised up from the roadway. Years ago this was to ensure the nun’s didn’t get their habits dirty. I bought some bacon in the butchers and bananas in the convenience store, and we continued back down again to the canal. The narrowboat cafe was still there, but we didn’t stop this time.

canal buildings on the Grand Union section at Braunston

canal buildings on the Grand Union section at Braunston

chimney from same building showing the date it was built

chimney from same building showing the date it was built

Braunston junction

Braunston junction

Before we set off this morning the sheep in the field opposite were all in a line, which looked quite amusing.

A line of sheep

A line of sheep

Today we have moved to Hillmorton. Both of the duplicate locks were working and we descended alongside another boat. There was a volunteer lock keeper at the bottom lock who got the lock ready for us.

After lunch I took Izzy for a long walk, and now she is sound asleep on Charlie’s lap. Off again tomorrow to get through Newbold tunnel.

Braunston to Hillmorton                                                                                                   6.80miles  3hrs 05mins                                                                                                      3 locks

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