Cropredy marina

After 290 miles, 192 locks, 4 canals (Oxford, Regents, Grand Union, Hertford Union) and 3 rivers (Cherwell,   Thames,  Brent) we arrived back where we started at about one o’clock. The last 8 locks down from the summit pound were very busy. There were several other boats going our way and we met an upcoming

Priors Hardwick Bridge

After two excellent days chugging with Uncle Mort they turned right at Napton junction to head off towards Warwick and we continued along the Oxford. After the first three locks of the Napton flight we were in trouble – the throttle cable had broke. This is a problem with our boat. It seems to be


A  nine o’clock start (late for us, early for the Beekies!) saw the two boats heading in convoy for the Buckby flight. The weather was excellent and we ascended the flight together fairly quickly. Across the summit and into Braunston tunnel. It was like Piccadilly Circus in there! I have never seen so many boats

Weedon Bec

A day of two halves, the morning drizzly and wet, the afternoon and evening fine and warm. We arrived at the bottom of the Stoke Bourne flight just before 9 o’clock. Chatting to some boaters coming down we ascertained that Uncle Mort was still up the top when they came down. In fact we caught

Above Cosgrove lock

The usual early start, then a call in to Tesco (general stuff), Aldi (cereals, chocolate & biscuits) and Wyvern shipping (pumpout). When we arrived at the three  Soulbury locks there was a boat waiting to go down. They had been there about 30mins. One of the intermediate pounds was completely empty when they arrived. A

Bridge 115c (South of Linslade)

11 miles and 18 locks. The weather didn’t look too promising, so we thought that we would get going before it got worse. It wasn’t too bad, mostly just drizzle, until about 1 o’clock then it gradually detiorated. As yesterday, the first part of the journey was dominated by lack of water. Some of the

Above Cowroast lock

24 locks and 9 miles today. The day was dominated by the lack of water in the canal. The weather forecast was not very good, so we made our usual early start to get going before the expected rain. The problem wasn’t too much water on our heads, it was not enough under the boat.

Above King’s Langley lock

A good day today, good progress (12 miles & 18 locks) and warm, but no too hot weather. As usual we made an early start at just after eight o’clock. There have been very few boats about. We expected to share some of the locks, but we didnt meet another boat going our way so

Denham Bridge

Sorry for late update – no 3G last night, also no pics today, nothing worth taking! After topping up with water we left Little Venice just after 8:00 and retraced our steps along the Paddington arm back to Bull’s Bridge Junction. We then headed north on the Grand Union proper. This area of north London

Rembrandt Gardens

Day 1 Raining this morning. We have had over a fortnight of almost unbroken good weather, but it seems to be on the change. We needed to be around at 12:00 as Grace, the boat on ‘our’ mooring would be leaving then and we had to move into that spot. The rain stopped around 10:30