After breakfast we set off from Stoke Bruerne. The day was already warming up as we approached the locks. Fortunately the crew only had two to do today. We got logged by the CRT, I suspect Stoke Bruerne, as a tourist hotspot is frequently checked, to ensure time limit compliance. Approaching the top lock a huge willow tree hangs over the canal. It won’t be long before it obscures the view completely.
Once through the locks it was a short hop to the entrance of Blisworth Tunnel. As previously stated, it is arrow straight and we could see the light of the portal at the further end. There were no oncoming boats. This situation lasted until we were about 200 yards from the exit, when three boats entered in close succession. Unfortunately for us, boats one and two could not steer straight, and both hit us hard. We heard the clattering of glass or chinaware, and the second boat lost a windlass from its roof. No damage to us, just a few more scuff marks to our blacking. Once out of the tunnel, we had about five miles of cruising through the countryside in glorious sunshine to enjoy. We found our chosen mooring spot empty on arrival, so we quickly secured the boat then went for a walk towards Stowehill and The Narrowboat P.H. The weather was perfect for lunch in the garden overlooking the canal.
Our plan is to remain here a few days and to review the Sunday roast provided by The Narrowboat P.H. Once back at the boat the afternoon spent lazing about on the towpath in the sun.
Totals 8 Miles 2 Locks 1 Tunnel
Running total 89 Miles 54 Locks 4 Tunnels