Today’s journey took us off of the Oxford Canal, past Napton Narrowboats onto the Grand Union. It didn’t take us long to get to Napton Junction, or Wigram’s Turn as it was traditionally referred to, we didn’t turn here, but carried straight on, the Oxford combining with the Grand Union canal for the five miles to Braunston where it resumes its identity by taking the left fork at the junction, whilst we forked right towards London.
As the HISTORIC NARROWBOAT RALLY is taking place at the weekend, mooring restrictions were in place which looked set to scupper our plans to visit Midland Chandlers, however… The Boathouse’s moorings were completely free and so we stopped for lunch there and walked back to the chandlery. Lunch and shopping taken care of we cast off for Braunston Locks.
Before we reached the locks we had a preview of many of the historic boats gathered for the rally.
As we arrived at the bottom lock nb Old Peculier was going in and we were able to share all the locks with them, the flight was quite busy with plenty of boats coming down too. We also had help from a couple with their grandchildren (?) the man told me that his father had worked for BW repairing and fitting lock gates.
We followed Old Peculier through the tunnel, having a clear run through, emerging into the worsening rain down the unremarkable stretch down to Norton Junction where we turned left onto the Leicester Line of the GU and found a mooring right behind them just around the corner.