Ten Bob Note


Thursday 19th February 2009

Location: Napton, Warwickshire, Oxford Canal

Today: 9 miles, 9 locks. Total distance: 1976 miles.  Total locks: 1358

I had a surprise phone call from my sister in Wiltshire last night that required me to be in Napton today. As I had a journey of nine miles and nine locks ahead of me, I decided that I had better set off early if I wanted to make Napton in time to find a reasonable mooring spot as Napton can get quite busy during school holiday periods.

As I was awake early, I pulled the pins at 06:00 and set off in the dark. As luck would have it, every lock in the Napton flight was against me as they all leak so were all empty when I arrived at them. Still, I didn’t do too bad for time as I reached the visitor’s moorings in Napton and was all moored up by 12:30.

As it turns out, I am moored up right behind nb Lazy Days, we last crossed paths at Cropredy last Saturday.

After mooring, I had a quick walk up to the shop in the village with Archie to pick up a few odds and ends.

It has been a lovely day weather wise, very mild and the sun even came out for a short while. Spring is on it’s way – famous last words.

Current Mooring

It's a bit dark at 06:00 - strange that !!!

Very low foot bridge

Getting light now

Update Sunday 22nd

Have been away for the weekend visiting my mother and dog sitting for my sister.
I hired a car from Enterprise in Daventry, they came out to Napton to pick me up, a very handy service they provide free of charge.
While in Melksham, I popped down to the Kennet and Avon with Archie for a quick look around as it was such a lovely day. Some photos below

The Kennet and Avon at Melksham

Magpie building it's nest

Nice boat

Wilts and Berks canal info

Unusual boat

The big area is the kitchen

Nice old barn

Old signs on barn near Seend

Look at that sky !!!!

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