Loldia’s Return Day 4: Yelvertoft to Northampton Marina

11th April
24 miles
31 locks

We were through Crick tunnel early and the first boat down Watford locks so no queue whatsoever. Just before Norton Junction we picked up a boat with whom we would share the Buckby flight and we made good progress down the locks to Whilton. Then it was the busy lock free stretch of the Grand Union to Gayton.

We made it to the top of the Rothersthorpe flight at about 3.30, and so there was plenty of time to get to the bottom at a reasonable hour. I called up Northampton Marina and arranged to stay the night there. Melaleuca was already tied up on a pontoon at the marina.

Thanks to the help of a boater called Tim, who was moored near Gayton and waiting to help a friend up the locks, we fair flew down the flight. It was a beautiful evening and the only trouble we had was a drained pound between locks 3 and 4. But we soon had it filled and were on our way. It wasn’t too weed either.

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Northampton Marina was a great place to stay and we’ll certainly try to organise future trips to break there. It costs £10 /night but you get access to wifi, electric hookup, water, showers and laundry for that, as well as the security of a pontoon mooring and a gated compound. Plus the Malt Shovel, a great pub, is just a few minutes away. We spent the evening there with the crew of Melaleuca and then retired to bed.

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