Day 39 – Claydon to Aynho

Day 39 – Claydon to Aynho

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A long day, starting at 8.45. Finishing at around 17:45.

Taking me through Banbury, the Oxford canal weaved through the site of Europe’s largest folk festival, Cropredy down the Claydon locks, through King’s Sutton and ending up just past Aynho.

It was a long day.

I expected to be in Oxford, more or less, but the state of the canal just didn’t allow it.

Low speed

Taking all the different factors into account, locks, stoppages bridges, boat traffic, the whole lot. I can put my slow progress down to one factor; the shallow draught of the canal.

The Oxford canal after Claydon becomes, in my judgement, through the boat’s handing, very wide and shallow.

This was the main contributing factor of having put in almost 9 hours and done only 15 miles.

Just to put that in perspective: If I had spent 9 hours on my bike, I would have done 108 miles.

A wide shallow canal reflects turbulence. It causes the boat to slow. Turbulent water offers relatively less traction to the prop.


The canal deepened back off here, and I decided to call it a day and start afresh tomorrow.

Aynho weir
Aynho weir
View to Clifton
View to Clifton

Day 38 – Map

3 thoughts on “Day 39 – Claydon to Aynho

  1. A slow day….enjoyed….hmmmm sounds good! the pictures look really pretty very rural. I wonder if it is not used very much?? Hope you have a lovely day and enjoy your cruising in the sunshine!!

  2. Wow – that does seems a long day for not many miles, but the countryside around looks lovely – on GoogleEarth, anyway. Hope you found some pleasant beer at the end of the day!

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