Upper Heyford

This morning we woke to bright sunshine, and the sound of the boat creaking as the expanding steelwork warmed up. We had a short hop to the Aynho Wharf for services. This included 80 litres of diesel, which is what we have used in the three weeks since our last top up. Having to use the heating has been responsible for some of this, but no need for heating today, it was t-shirt weather. Aynho Wharf were very accommodating, and in addition to a pump out and diesel, we also filled with water and disposed of some rubbish. There is also a well stocked shop for emergency essentials. Next stop was Somerton Deep Lock, which was mentioned in yesterday’s post. The paddle gear winders were very stiff to use, and there is a delightful Lock cottage at the site.

Somerton Lock Cottage

Descending in the Lock chamber, the walls begin to close in on you the deeper you get. Fortunately the top gate does not leak too much, but the depth below the cill, is more than the height of the gate above.

Cill, Somerton Deep Lock
Somerton Deep Lock, looking up

We had a couple of miles further to cruise, and one more Lock to navigate before reaching our destination. This Canal is proving to be very enjoyable, with some stunning views across open countryside. We found a mooring near bridge 203, just prior to Upper Heyford, and secured the boat. After lunch, we took four legs for a walk along the Canal to Lower Heyford, a distance of one and a half miles. The two legged crew enjoyed an ice lolly each, four legs had to settle for a drink from the Canal. Tomorrow we will be aiming for Thrupp, at which point we will be in striking distance of the Thames.

Totals 5 Miles 3 Locks

Running total 192 Miles 262 Locks 9 Tunnels

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