We left Hillmorton early (7am) on Thursday to get through the 3 locks there, as one of the doubles was out of action and it had been incredibly busy the day before. We have travelled more miles in the past couple of days than we usually do, and now are feeling very tired because of it.
One of the pounds between the locks was very low and we were worried we may get stuck.
Lots of boats had come down but not many up, luckily we made it through.
It was a misty start and quite cold but soon the mist burnt off and it soon became warm, but breezy. The canal crosses the border between Warwickshire and Northamptonshire, and back again. We cruised under the M45
Alot of the fields along this route are ridge and furrow; remnants of times gone by when peasant farmers were allowed a furrow to tend. We soon got to Braunston and decided to carry on as we had stopped here in 2011. We may stop again on the way back if we come this way. The canal now shares a short stretch with the Grand Union and we have seen a couple of widebeam boats moored here.
We carried on a bit further past Napton junction and left the shared section with the GU, and stayed with the Oxford canal. We are now cruising the South Oxford section. This is the furthest south we have been since we started.
We passed a workboat repairing the bank
Napton on the hill was where we stopped for the day. Charlie did an oil change as it was due, and best done with a warm engine. We have now done more engine hours in 2 years than the 2 previous owners did in 6!
A windmill overlooks this country scene. Not working today.
We moored just before the Napton flight of 9 locks! Another early start on Friday to get through these. We had hoped to empty our cassette here but unfortunately it was blocked; though I suspect some were still trying to use it as it left alot to be desired! I had calculated a 2 and a half hour journey to get through these and I was right. Maybe because the locks were set for us, and we didn’t meet another boat until the 5th lock. I needed to do some washing so set the machine on it’s way whilst cruising, as we knew we could refill with water at the end of the Napton flight. An interesting sight was a field of water buffalo
The other interesting sight was a landlocked narrowboat, obviously private land, but quite amusing.
We are now moored in open countryside at the start of the Oxford summit. It has been quite breezy today which is always a challenge when steering. We tried to moor in a rough spot but it was too shallow and we had a job to get free. Why is it always when I am steering that this happens? We will probably try and get to Fenny Compton tomorrow if we have the energy!