Copredy to Banbury

We left our tightly packed mooring at Fenny Compton and headed for Copredy. The canal negotiates many narrow stretches here, luckily the boat traffic is minimal. The weather has been reasonable till now, though cold in the evenings and mornings. Need to sweep the chimney in case we need to light a fire! We spent one night at Copredy as only 24hr moorings available before the lock. There had been a boat come up the lock so we knew it would be set for us; but they had left the top gate open, easy for us to just float in, but a bit naughty of them. The next lock was the same as well. We needed to use the sani station here and top up with water as I needed to do some washing. We encountered the first of the many liftbridges that this canal has, but it was chained open

Boundary Lift bridge number 141

Boundary Lift bridge number 141

We reached Banbury yesterday and it has been raining on and off since. We have stopped on a 48hr mooring by an industrial estate, though can’t see it for the trees. It was handy there as we needed Maplins that was in an out of town development, and Aldi was also nearby. Shopping topped at a reasonable price. We may stop again on the way back. We went into town today for a look around. I had hoped to purchase some Banbury cakes (their delicacy), but no bakers shop here!

Banbury moorings

Banbury moorings

The castle quay shopping complex is right next to the canal with all the usual big name shops. There are plans to expand this to the other side of the canal and incorporate a cinema, so watch this space.

Castle Quay shopping mall

Castle Quay shopping mall

In the mall is the tourist information and a museum (free) telling of the towns history. Well worth a look.

Lift bridge in Banbury which is followed by a lock. Tooleys historic boatyard is here also.

Lift bridge in Banbury which is followed by a lock. Tooleys historic boatyard is here also.

As you can see from the picture above it was raining on our sightseeing tour!

A few pictures of buildings around the town

A few pictures of buildings around the town

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Wine shop

Wine shop

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Banbury cross. Not the original as this was destroyed in the 16th century by puritans who were suspicious of it. This one was built in the Victorian era

Banbury cross. Not the original as this was destroyed in the 16th century by puritans who were suspicious of it. This one was built in the Victorian era

Ride a cock horse to Banbury cross to see a fine lady upon a white horse.

Ride a cock horse to Banbury cross to see a fine lady upon a white horse. Complete with raindrops

View from the bridge of the very popular quayside moorings. We may stop here on the way back if we can.

View from the bridge of the very popular quayside moorings. We may stop here on the way back if we can.

Tomorrow weather permitting (as strong winds and heavy rain are forecast) we will leave Banbury and see how far we get before we either get fed up or weather turns in.

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