The replies to a question on Canal World Forum seemed to indicate that the water saving measures British Waterways have in place on the Northern Oxford would not after all cause us excessive delay, so the vote was to revert to our original plan, and go North on that route. It was also suggested that it would be less busy at Hillmorton later in the day, so it seemed sensible to try and get through those locks today, if we could make good progress before then.
|"Chalice" passes "Ocelot".|
|Braunston Bottom Lock|
Braunston locks are some of my favourites, being much shallower than those at Buckby, and far easier to operate. Again there was very heavy traffic going the opposite way, but initially we started the descent alone. We did catch another boat after a bit though, and shared for the remainder.
Straight through Braunston and turn right onto the Northern Oxford. Yet again much traffic towards us, but we had an unimpeded run through to Hillmorton. Charlie got a long walk with Cath, who I was surprised didn't ask to be picked up again sooner.
|Padlocked paddles on half the locks|
The couple on the boat following us down approached us and said that it was their first ever lock - would we mind showing them how to do it? Cath stayed with them, working down a couple of locks, to make sure that they felt confident. A lovely couple, and it's nice when beginners feel that they can ask for assistance.
|Hillmorton Top Lock(s)|
|Leaving a Hillmorton Lock|
|I really must organise having a shave!|
Miles: 20.3, Locks: 16
Total Miles: 64.4, Total Locks:39