We set off up Hillmorton locks and arrived at the top pound, passing the Finchers just as they set off.
So we were followed by Sickle and Chalice to Braunston, where all three boats stopped.
We had brunch at the Gongoozlers Rest cafe and Sickle and Chalice stopped at the water point. They were first to set off again, whilst we were still tucking into our sandwiches. However when we got to Braunston bottom lock we were only two locks behind them due to the queues. We ascended fairly rapidly thanks to a steady stream of boats coming down and then it was through the tunnel. At Buckby top we shared with the boat who’d been a lock ahead and then when they tied up we ended up sharing with a hire boat just one lock behind the Finchers. The earlier rain had turned to a glorious sunny evening so we pushed on along the lock free pound to Nether Heyford, within striking distance of the Northampton flight tomorrow morning.