Chased by sheep – Little Bedwyn Taking a long walk…. Great Bedwyn -> Little Bedwyn Sunday on the canal Crofton Meadows -> Great Bedwyn Wolf Hall -> Crofton Meadows Brimslade -> Wolf Hall My first Zander Wotton Rivers -> Brimslade Most visited sites on the internet ABS LP110 Leisure battery for a narrowboat Burbage wharf Mooring in Wootton Rivers, Wiltshire Sunday in Pewsey Measuring the draft Looking for moorings around Wootton River/Clench New button fitted! Milkhouse Water, Wiltshire Now in Pewsey, CRT mooring rules Get into Stonehenge free Flaperon from MH370; no story – 1 month on Skyrim V Connect/’sign in’ to ‘open network’ wifi on Windows 10 My personal Strava movie – 2016 The biggest hacks of 2016 – A year in hacking US vs Bullying China Russian Google and Reddit misdirects skewing Google Analytics First complaint Winter electricity usage Devizes The fight for freedom, Not In My Back Yard Donald Trump – Puppet masters, Parody to victory, and the march to nationalism US Presidential elections 2016 Taking a narrowboat on the Thames Giles Wood – Melksham Bonny Journey List of dead bankers 2016 – conspiracy update Day 38 – Taunton to Exeter Day 37 – Seend Park to Taunton Day 36 – Seend Park to Bradford on Avon Day 49 – Caen Hill Marina to Seend Park Bleeding a BMC 1800 marine engine 3 Reasons you won’t ever tell me 9/11 was not an inside job Day 48 – Caen Hill Locks Day 47 – Devizes – Caen Hill Locks Day 47 – Honey Street to Devizes Day 46 – Great Bedwyn to Honey Street Day 45 – Newbury to Great Bedwyn Day 43 – Theale to Newbury Day 42 – Goring to Theale Day 41 – Oxford to Goring Day 40 – Aynho to Oxford Day 39 – Claydon to Aynho Day 38 – Flecknoe to Claydon Day 37 – Ansty to Flecknoe Day 36 – Alvecote to Ansty Day 35 – Kings Bromley to Alvecote Day 34 – Little Haywood to Kings Bromley News Winter moorings Day 33 – Stone to Little Haywood Day 32 – Kidsgrove to Stone Day 31 – Wheelock to Kidsgrove Cask ale week – Use your mobile to claim free beer Chimney repairs Day 30 – Marston to Wheelock Day 29 – Dunham Massey to Marston Viewranger mapping app Day 28 – Plank Lane to Dunham Massey Day 27 – Crooke to Plank Lane The anti-Blair cometh…. Day 26 – Rufford to Crooke Day 25 – Morecambe to Rufford – 1,000th post eva! Six companies are about to merge into the biggest farm-business oligopoly in history Day 25 – Hawes to Morecambe Day 24 – Durham to Hawes Day 23 – Newcastle to Durham Day 22 – Norham to Newcastle Day 21 – Edinburgh to Norham Day 20 – Dundee to Edinburgh Day 19 – Aberdeen to Dundee Day 18 – Buckie to Aberdeen Day 17 – Inverness to Buckie Day 16 – Helmsdale to Inverness Day 15 – Helmsdale Day 14 – John O’Groats to Helmsdale Inverness and over the border Travelling by train with a bike UNESCO PLACES OF WORSHIP Day 11 – Tarleton to St. Mary’s Marina, Rufford Day 10 – Tarleton lock Day 9 – Crooke to Tarleton Day 8 – Plank Lane to Crooke Day 7 – Grappenhall to Leigh Day 6 – Marston to Grapplington Bonny Journey – Day 5 – Church Minshull to Marston Bonny Journey – Day 4 – Audlem to Church Minshull Bonny Journey – Day 3 – Gnosall to Audlem Bonny Journey – Day 2 – Calf Heath to Gnosall Bonny Journey – Day 1 – Saturday 27th August
Oxford rainbow

Day 37 – Ansty to Flecknoe

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Beautiful day of sailing.

Moved on from the Coventry, on the Oxford.

Started my trip in earnest this morning, after having visited the Aldi in Coventry, not far from Ansty, where I was staying.

Was only a quick trip over the M6 on my bike.

Took me about 40minutes as I went the wrong way initially. Didn’t sleep very well, was listening to the US presidential debate.

Here’s a morning shot of Bonnie.

Bonikowski - bonnie lady
Bonnie Lady

Admire her sleek lines.

The Oxford canal

Is vaguely similar to the Bridgewater.

Wide, deep, long.

The countryside it runs through is more varied.

A lot of it has short ‘arms’ running of to once industrial sites, long since closed, that provided commerce to the burgeoning canal.

A lot of these ‘arms’ have been turned into marinas, or hire centres now.

Mostly the canal runs through on a rural track.

It seems a lot more secluded than any of the other canals I’ve been on before, even the Shroppy or the Leeds and Liverpool.

In some places the towpath has slipped into the canal.

There is a walk called the ‘Oxford Canal Walk’ signposted along the canal from Brinklow.

There are some very long and boring straights, which means I can get the throttle down, get the day to pass quicker.

Speeding on a narrowboat

I’ve used the GPS.

I know know, using a number of tools, that it’s impossible to do 5mph on the canal.

Even on the Bridgewater, in the deepest places with re-enforced banks and piling you can manage a consistent 5.

On normal canals, under normal conditions, it’s just not possible. Your bow-wave is huge, causing damage to the banks.

The boat handles badly in shallow water or water where the turbulence of the propeller  isn’t dissipated properly; it simply reflects back on the hull of the moving boat, making it unstable.

On the Oxford canal, I reckon my speed would be the upper 4’s.

Here’s a couple of pictures of the Oxford Canal.

Woods near Brinklow
Woods near Brinklow
Oxford rainbow
Oxford rainbow
Oxford rainbow
Oxford rainbow

Hillmorton locks

A pleasure to got through.

Double sets, two boats coming down.

All locks set.

Locking bliss.

Hillmorton lock house
Hillmorton lock house

This one with it’s large window looks like a school building.

Hillmorton wharf
Hillmorton wharf

Braunston in the rain

I reach Braunston, the confluence of the Grand Union and the Oxford in the rain, and my navigation guides are inside, out of the rain.

Unfortunately, I take a wrong turning ending up at the bottom lock of the Grand Union.

In the rain, I turn around and head back to the junction.


I head on down, stopping just after 6 close to a very small hamlet called Flecknoe.

It has piling, mooring is easy, it’s not windy and the views are good.

Here’s two views of the Oxford.

Oxford by day
Oxford by day
Oxford by night
Oxford by night

Have eaten my quesadilla’s.

Have settled with lit fire, radio and whisky.

Day 37 – map

Day 37 – Timelapse video

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One comment:

  1. have read this now as no wifi in last campsite. The yellow crop with the boat and rainbow is a magnificent shot…WOW!!! Looks like a lovely journey so far. Only another couple of weeks before the clocks go back and the days shorten. The Grand Union locks are so huge and take a while to fill but another great experience.
    Happy cruising x

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