We set off after quite a disturbed nights sleep at about 10-15am on a sunny morning.
Between the two lift bridges to the south of Banbury there is work going on both sides of the canal, on the non towing path side they are digging a deep hole inside a coffer dam, there are also diggers working in the field on the other side.
The lift bridge was down to give them access between sites and luckily for us one of the workmen walked down and opened it, Diana wouldn’t have managed and its debatable if we could have done it between us. The chap stood on top of the stump post that the arm of the bridge rests on when open and then swung on the chain for several seconds before his body weight started to lift the platform and he came back down to earth, he was much bigger than ether me or Diana.
We stopped briefly in Banbury to fill with water and then continued north mooring for the night just above Slat Mill Lock, this is as bout as far as we can get from the railway but there is still the constant buzz of the motorway.