Saturday, 5 October 2013

Heading South

Continuing south on the Grand Union today it doesn’t seem very long since we were on this stretch heading north so we’ll try not to duplicate photos.  It’s been a grand day weather wise, mild and with a good deal of sunshine.  Our journey down the Buckby locks was only marred by the fact that the previous (hire) boat had left all the bottom gates open.


Stopping briefly at Weedon Bec for a newspaper, no sooner were we into the tiny, and well kept, Flore Lane than we were out of the other side.


We passed nb ‘Reckless’, the boat featured in the TV program – which, we seem to remember, didn’t do very much for the image of canal boating!


A rare (ish) photo of ‘Chance’ taken from the towpath, while Doug took the helm and James decided to go for a walk.


Approaching bridge 51 at Blisworth.  Apart from the wonderful mill, the houses on the opposite side have been very sympathetically restored and make for a very pleasant look to the place these days.


Getting to the Blisworth tunnel we were nearly at the end of our journey for the day.


With the tunnel behind us, and after a six hour cruise, we arrived at good old Stoke Bruerne about 2:30 this afternoon – with plenty of room for us to moor on this sunny October Saturday.  Enjoying a very tasty early evening meal in The Boat Inn (as we hadn’t eaten today) and it was back to ‘Chance’ for a flop in front of the tele.

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