Fenny Compton

A couple of things I forgot to mention on yesterday’s blog…

Izzy relaxing on the journey

Izzy relaxing on the journey

and also the passing of a dutch  barge style narrowboat, which we looked at in awe as it was the one we wanted to buy when we first started looking. The name made me chuckle though I wish I had the camera to hand; it was Bradycardia. My medical friends will know what this means.

Anyway today we left our lovely quiet rural mooring and headed toward Fenny Compton. We needed to stop at the marina’s chandlery there as we needed more engine oil to top up from the oil and filter change Charlie had done a couple of days ago. The canal is very winding along this way, and the only way to describe it was to take a picture of the map.

Winding along down and then up again.

Winding along down and then up again.

It remains a classic example of an 18th century contour canal. Along the way we passed a radio mast

radio mast

radio mast

and also the site of a medieval village at Wormleighton. The land is undulating here with many ridges and furrows.

Site of a medieval village

Site of a medieval village

and a view from the other way

and a view from the other way

The canal is very rural along this route with fields of sheep for company and not much else. It is also very shallow in places so care is needed when negotiating bends and other boats. We soon reached Fenny Compton, which was very busy, and we just managed to squeeze in a space on the 14day moorings there. The weather started off with short spells of drizzle, but now the sun is shining. We walked along to the marina here and purchased the engine oil (cheapest we have paid so far). Next thing is look out for the fuel boat. We are on track with our plans anyway so far. 9 locks again tomorrow on the way to Copredy, perhaps another early start (though today we had a lie in!)

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