Day 11: Braunston – Long Itchington

9 miles
13 locks

We had a very sociable morning in Braunston – after catching up with the progress on the changes to Lesley and Joe’ s boat Yarwood, we had invited them to come and see what we’d done to Willow in the year and a bit since we’d last seen them at Ditchford on the Nene. So they popped round at 11 (giving us time in the morning to straighten out the mess left by several hard days boating and not having the energy for chores). It was lovely to see them and show off Willow! After they’d left we attempted to set off only to discover that Lyra was the wrong side of the chain link fence which separated us from the marina. We eventually got her back with the help of a man on the other side who lifted her over the fence!

Then we headed to the water point and who should we see but Jaq and Les on nb Valerie! We’d not expected to see them so it was a very pleasant surprise. We enjoyed a catch up over a tasty lunch with them and showed them around Willow too.

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After all this nattering it was 1pm by the time we set off along the GU towards Stockton. Just after Calcutt locks we passed President and Kildare and then round the corner we had the gratifying experience of having someone on the bank (owners of steam powered BCN day boat Adamant) recognise Willow as a Severner.

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Braunston turn

We descended Stockton locks sharing with a friendly family on a hire boat and then tied up in Long Itchington at 7pm, and have just returned from a walk around the village before bed.

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Beware of the ducks! Sign near Long Itchington village pond

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4 thoughts on “Day 11: Braunston – Long Itchington

  1. Gill

    What a lovely day you have had, hope the weather was good for you as well, thank you I’ve enjoyed your day

  2. Fiona

    Hi chaps – keeping up with your blog and enjoying it. From one moving Boatie to another.

  3. Beware the Ducks?

    That’ll be those Long Itchington Killer Ducks…….

    If you see any Decoys, be afraid…….

    🙂

  4. Mike P-J

    Itchington Bottom Lock is my favourite canal placename…

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