Canal Holiday Autumn 2008
Friday 17 October 2008 - Oxford Canal, Napton to Braunston
Unable to wait until next June, we planned a mini
bellringers' canal holiday over a long weekend with just five of us;
sadly Alan and Sheila had to pull out as they were moving house, but
fortunately Mark and Debbie were able to join us for part of the time.
We took a boat from Napton in Warwickshire, and travelled to Crick in
Northamptonshire, and back again. Almost all of this was recovering
familiar ground for Stephen and Lucy, but none the less pleasant for
After a tedious road journey to Warwickshire from London, it is great to
be out on the water, and the weather is lovely as we head north-east
along the Oxford Canal
A cheerful Lucy at the tiller
Our 54-feet long boat, Explorer
Being chased by an old working boat
As the evening starts to close in, we approach Braunston
Approaching the triangular junction of the Oxford Canal with the Grand
Union Canal - this wasn't the original junction of the Oxford Canal with
the Grand Junction Canal, but arose when the Oxford Canal was
significantly straightened in the 1830s.
We moored near the Stop House, and after a quick visit to the general
store in Braunston village, we had a pleasant meal at the Mill House.
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