Day 31: Nether Heyford- Northampton Marina

10 miles
17 locks

We set off down the Northampton Arm at 10 am after an hours cruising from our overnight mooring on the GU. In contrast to our stressful ascent, this time we had no problems.

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The sun shone, and although the locks were against us we made good progress. Close to lock 16 we had a bit of excitement when we saw a Dawncraft cruiser sideways across the cut. It was drifting so we towed it to the next landing stage.

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It turned out that our neighbours in Cambridge, Jeff and Andi were travelling down just ahead of us and we caught up  on the town quay before heading into the marina.

We tied up one of the pontoons aa directed by John the marina manager, next to fuel boat Bletchley, a big Woolwich.

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By pure coincidence several canal world forum members were gathered together: us, Alan on Bletchley, John and Sam who run the marina and also Richard and Sue on Tawny Owl who were venturing down the arm for the day.

Once we’d done our various chores including making use of the laundry facilities & Morrisons, we met up with them all at the excellent Malt Shovel pub and we’ve just got back from a great evening hence another late blog post!

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