26 miles, 11 locks.
The lock keeper at Stanground arrived at 8:50 so we were through the lock by 9am.
Then on up the Nene! We saw our friend John who works for the EA at Northampton Marina when we were stopped on the embankment for water and again at Orton lock, which was a nice surprise especially when he reversed the lock for us!
It was a chilly but beautiful day for boating and we saw loads of Red Kites circling in the thermals above us as we travelled through the Nene valley.
Our planned stopping point was Oundle (the cut above Ashton Lock) for the fish and chip shop which we’d been recommended. Somehow what with dashing up and down the Nene on deliveries or our own trips out we’ve never stopped. But we were glad we did as the fish and chips were excellent and the town a delight to wander around in the evening sunlight.
Now we’re back on the peaceful mooring at Ashton and there are bats flitting around in the moonlight.
Sorry about the lack of pictures but the poor signal here won’t let me upload to WordPress. It seems to have been able to upload to Instagram so there are a few up there: https://www.instagram.com/nbwillow/