Following our arduous cruise on Saturday, we were in need of some rest and recuperation. We therefore remained moored at Norton Junction, and took the opportunity of a final Sunday roast, at the New Inn, by the Top Lock of the Buckby flight. Monday began looking a bit grim, so we decided on having another stationary day. Four legs was taken for a walk down the Buckby flight, and we ended up spending some money in the CanalWare Shop. As we returned from our walk, we waved goodbye to some fellow moorers from Yelvertoft, onboard nb. Kantara, as they headed off down the Grand Union.
Today, Tuesday 9/4. We set off from our mooring, and stopped on the water point at the junction. Whilst waiting the half hour or so, to top up the half empty tank, we saw numerous boats moving, mostly heading towards Braunston. Would we be lucky and have a locking partner, certainly the Locks would be set against us. Turning right at the junction onto the Grand Union mainline, we had a slow trundle towards the tunnel with a coal boat just ahead.
The tunnel traffic today was very busy. We had three boats in front, and at least four behind. Fortunately, nothing was opposing, especially with the nasty kink in the tunnel to navigate. On arrival at Braunston Top Lock, we had a short wait before proceeding down the flight. Our locking partners were commencing their yearly cruise, from a winter mooring at Crick. They decided to stop for lunch at the Admiral Nelson, leaving us to do the remaining two Locks alone. We did finally meet some traffic ascending, which turned the remaining Locks in our favour. Once clear of the Braunston Bottom Lock, we had a slow chug passing the line of moored boats, and decided as it was lunchtime, we would stop. We took a mooring just beyond the Gongoozerlers Rest cafe boat, and wandered off to the Boat Inn. Following lunch we set off once more, heading for the junction with the Oxford Canal.
It has been a couple of years since we turned south at this junction, and soon we will be on completely new waters, for both us and the boat. Four legs and the first mate jumped ship at the next bridge, for a short walk. Fifteen minutes later, we arrived at our intended spot, just beyond bridge 100. It was fairly busy.
This is a nice rural mooring, about half a mile from the village of Flecknoe, situated on top of the hill, to the offside of the Canal.
Totals 6 Miles 6 Locks 1 Tunnel
Running total 13 Miles 13 Locks 2 Tunnels