Thursday, 5 December 2013


IMG_5068 Northbrook Lock IMG_5069 IMG_5070

I went to set the lock early in the morning and we  started off up through Northbrook Lock. Canal and River Trust chaps were busy laying a barrier of sandbags between the canal and River Cherwell. We assumed this was for flood prevention.

IMG_5072 IMG_5071 Upper Heyford IMG_5074

Past Upper Heyford, with it’s beautiful old Tithe Barn, we rose all of five feet in Allen's Lock. Next came Heyford Common Lock which was seven feet deep.

IMG_5079 IMG_5086 Somerton Deep Lock IMG_5089 LB 193

Along the way we saw Heron, Swans, Ducks, Moorhens, Kingfisher and a Kite that I almost managed to take a picture of!. Then came Somerton Deep Lock which took us up another twelve feet into a cool breeze blowing on our faces. By the time we had gone under lift Bridge 193 the skies were turning blue and the sun came out. We had been going for  four hours now, so we moored just short of Souldern Old Wharf in time for lunch, perfick!

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