Canal Holiday Autumn 2008
Sunday 18 October 2008 - Grand Union & Oxford Canals, Braunston to
Sunday morning in Crick from our mooring, with a lovely sky
Explorer at her mooring, ready for the off.
Cruising through a fishing match, heading back to Crick Tunnel
Craig at the tiller takes us down through the Watford staircase. The
lock-keeper this morning seemed very relaxed and just told us to come on
down the flight without directly supervising us, which was nice.
A cascade of red paddle gear down the hillside
Craig steers Explorer from the bottom of the staircase into lock 2
The cottage above the bottom lock
Dredging equipment at Norton Junction, where we stopped for lunch again.
Mark phoned to enquire as to our progress and announce that he, Debbie and
Ben would join us for the afternoon, which was great news.
Signpost at the end of the Leicester line of the Grand Union
Going back through Braunston Tunnel, a look up a ventilation shaft
Lucy in the light from the ventilation shaft
Mark and Ben race the boat as we descend the Braunston locks
Ben a bit unsure about things initially
But soon getting into the swing of things, helping to open the lock gate
And steering the boat out of a lock
Ben in control
Continuing the descent of the Braunston locks
Ben cries "rope"
The boats that we saw yesterday heading west are now on their reinactment
Jam 'Ole Run properly. The Run was to carry coal from Baddersley Colliery
near Atherstone to Kearley & Tonge's jam factory in Southall in London.
The boats went to Mitre Dock on the Paddington Arm; crews were paid by the
ton so there was a constant incentive to be quick to get there, unload,
and return for more coal. The last Jam 'Ole Run took place in 1970, ending
nearly two centuries of coal carrying by canal to London. A reinactment by
old working boats now takes place every two years.
Stephen steers the boat through the junction bridge and onto the Oxford
Heading into the sunset on the Oxford Canal, and time to moor up for the