This was our view last night. I actually took the photo this morning before we left.
We didn’t hear anyone go passed early so at quarter to nine we were off. There were at least 5 boats moored behind us facing our direction.
We bumped into friends who were out on their boat just before Marston Doles Locks, when we arrived at Marston Moles top it was against us, so we had to turn it, so we were a little surprised to see a boat going down in Marston Doles bottom as we had not seen anyone ahead of us.
We stuck lucky with the Napton Flight meeting boats just in the right places, we had to wait a few minutes here and there but no delays, the only ones we had to close were the bottom ones. The Buffalo were enjoying the sun on their backs munching the grass near the second from top lock.
The Trust have put a notice by the bottom lock, boats are continually getting stuck in the second one, I don’t know why they have their fenders down on steel Narrowboats as only the rubbing strake would rub the walls and that is what its designed for.Napton Narrowboats have virtually their whole fleet out still, I thought it may be easing off by now. Its good to se they are doing good business.
Our original plan had been to moor somewhere near bridge 100 but as the weather had warmed up we pushed on to Braunston as I have a fender on order from Tradline who are based in the marina, unfortunately its not ready yet. We moored opposite The Boathouse where we will eat tonight. Since we have been here things have filled up with several boats breasted up beside each other, lots of them are heading to Stoke Bruerne for the Weekend at War event they hold every year.
13¾ miles, 9 locks, 2 junctions, 2 canals in 6 hours