Fradley Junction

An uneventful day. We set off at 8:00, dropped down the last two Atherstone locks then chugged the long pound past Polesworth, Alvecote and Amington to reach Glascote locks. We had hardly seen any boats all morning, but now found ourselves third in a queue for tne locks. These are very slow to fill so

Below Atherstone lock 9

The weather forecast for the week speaks of much colder. So we thought that we would get going early in case we need to do short days later. The water was topped up, then round the junction and onto tne Coventry canal. Again the wind was cold and today the sun didn’t come out. It

Hawkesbury Junction

A fairly uneventful day with only the three Hillmorton locks to do. The sun tried to come out, but it was still cold due to the wind. Last time we came this way we saw several water voles, despite keeping our eyes especially alert today we didnt see any. Perhaps they were all hiding away


Much colder today than yesterday. There was a cold wind blowing along tne Oxford summit. It was slow progress down the Napton flight. We were following a couple on a hire boat who insisted on using a rope in each lock. We told tnem it wasn’t necessary, but he said that it gives him ‘more

Fenny Compton

We have left Cropredy for the last time and are on our way up to Oakwood marina in Cheshire. This will be our mooring for the next couple of years. The day started off with Mark Paris coming to do our BSC test. All was ok except tne back plate on tne stove wasn’t fitting

New Holding Tank

Narrowboat toilets fall into two main types – pumpout and cassette. With a pumpout type the output from the toilet goes into a large tank onboard,  known as a holding tank. It’s stored there until you visit services at e.g. a marina where it’s connected to a pumpout machine which transfers the contents of the

Fenny Compton

Our guests arrived yesterday and we had a pleasant evening on board eating, drinking and nattering. The decision was made for another early start because of the forecast hot weather, and we we away by 6:20. Progress was slow as far as Napton junction as we were following two hire boats, but we lost them


Yet another  early start, this  time 6:30.  As we approached the bottom lock of the Buckby flight we could see a couple on a boat about to set off. We shared all tne locks in the flight with them. It was quiet at first, but we met several descending boats towards tne top. As we

Weedon Bec

Another early start, though it was just after 6:30 this time. The sky was overcast and it was a bit chilly, but we expected it to warm up later. After a couple of hours we reached the bottom of the Stoke Bruerne flight. Rather oddly some of them were empty and some full, but we