Bridge 36 ‘Old Union’

A day of contrasts. Energetic locking, long, dark, damp tunnels and tranquil journeys. The morning started out very misty as we chugged through Braunston and up the flight of 6 wide locks. We have been this way before, but it was 13 years ago and we had forgotten how lovey it is. We had to

Braunston Junction

Now moored just before the junction on “Braunston Puddlebanks”. A beautiful sunny day again today. A great day’s cruising the first 11 miles lock dree then down the Napton flight with every lock set in our favour, or a boat coming up as we approched. Another barbecue!

Claydon top lock

We are setting out to go to the Cutweb rally at Alvecote, but we are going a long way round, via Liecester. First we called in at Soverign Wharf to buy a new battery, one of our domestic back is at least 6 years old as it was on the boat when we bought it.


There is quite an autumnal air around now. This morning the mists were rising from the canal and it looked really beautiful. We set off just after 7 and had a good run until we hit queues about 10 o’clock. A breakfast  stop was taken opposite “The Pig Place”, a farm shop and camp site

Lower Heyford

I got up at 5:30 to do some more work, then we set off at 8:00. It was sad to say goodbye to the Thames, we had enjoyed it emensely. Back on the Oxford canal we headed for Lower Heyford where we had arranged to meet friends Andrew & Shiela who were driving over from

Swinford Bridge

Last night we spent at Radcot Bridge. The campers all left about 3 o’clock as the weather looked ominous. We just chugged on down river for a couple of hours. A late start today. I had a work problem to sort out which took up some time. We stopped for lunch about 1:00, but the


Another lovely morning so we set off just before eight o’clock. You tend to think of the Thames as big river, but this far upstream it’s quite small and narrow in places and very winding and twisting. I knew that Rob, a business acquaintance, was on the river in his boat somewhere nearby. I got

Above Rushey Lock

We had arranged to meet our son-in-law’s parents Ann and Richard at Newbridge at 12:00. So to make sure we were there on time we set off just after seven. It was a very pleasant morning and  good to reacquaint ourselves with the upper Thames. We haven’t been this way for over 10 years. At

Duke’s Lock

A day of delays frustrations. When I went to start the engine I could tell that the battery was low and didn’t seem to have been charging yesterday. Also the tacho and the other instruments weren’t working. It seemed likely that one or more wires were loose behind the instrument panel. They had taken it

Lower Heyford

It has been fairly windy over the last few days, and the forecast is for much stronger wind over the next few days. This is apparently the tail end of hurricane Bertha. Because of this we decided to leave early in the morning when the lighter winds would make getting out of the marina easier.