Journey North 21: Lower Heyford – Claydon Top

20 miles, 20 locks 

Wednesday was spent working during the day and then socialising in the evening. We saw our friends Jim and Emma for a drink at the Bell in Heyford then visited Bones back at her boat in the evening – she had just finished her masters exams so we shared one of our bottles of wedding fizz with her.

Then today we spent all day boating through picture postcard beautiful Oxfordshire. It was quite stunning especially after the rain of yesterday. Everything was particularly lush and green. 

We had a bit of trouble at Somerton Deep Lock because of an obstruction behind the bottom gate but eventually managed to get past it with lots of flushing and wriggling. It’s not a new problem but we made sure to inform CRT anyway. 

In Banbury we passed nb Muleless (other bloggers) but no pics sadly as I was single handing Willow round a bend and was concentrating on steering when we encountered them!

Tooleys boatyard Banbury

We stopped for water and to empty the cassettes at Cropredy then carried on into the evening to get to the summit pound. There’s also decent signal here for work tomorrow. 

Evening boating

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