Today we departed Napton on the Hill after our long weekend there. During this time we had become regulars at The Folly. On Sunday, we had our usual roast dinner in front of the large open fire. It was very cosy. We set off up the remaining four locks of the Napton flight, soon reaching the summit section of the Oxford Canal. About a mile beyond the top lock, we passed a sign for moorings available.
A little further on we saw what was entailed. It seems if you want to moor here, first you need a JCB to dig a channel into the field. Then, navigate boat into said mooring, before rebuilding the canal bank behind you. The lengths some people will take to avoid the Canal and River Trust license fee.
A little further on, we reached our destination for the day, near to the village of Priors Hardwick in the vicinity of bridge 124. After securing the boat we nearly put the heating on for the first time. The Met Office had told porkies indicating that this week was going to be warm and sunny. Well it was bloomin cold where we were.
We will probably only stay here tonight before moving onto Fenny Compton tomorrow. Hopefully we will also see the sun.
Totals 3 Miles 4 Locks
Running total 552 Miles 257 Locks 19 Tunnels