Monday, 5 October 2015

Braunston (busy with boats)



We wandered into Welford to get our Saturday paper and saw a felled tree that had been converted into Postman Pat.

On the way in we had to walk through a little park and it was pleasing to see many un-vandalised conservation touches such as these insect hotels.

For those of you who read the blog about our visit to the Foxton inclined plane I have found a photograph from the web taken during the testing before the official opening in 1900.  This makes it easier to visualise how the lift worked.

Our plan for Saturday was to get to Crick so we could stop in for boat services.  This entailed going back down the Welford arm and joining the main Leicester section for about 12 miles.  As it was we stopped a mile before at Yelvercroft; we were concerned about getting a TV signal for the England game and decided to stop at the first point we got a decent signal. 

The society that helps CRT look after the Leicester line has planted trees as living milestones which are a nice touch.

 


 Sunday was a gorgeous upside down morning.

Our first task was to get to Crick marina for services – diesel was only 57p per litre.  The marina was packed with overwintering boats.

We met a boat in the 1,528 yard long Crick tunnel – we haven’t met a boat in a tunnel all year.

Soon after the tunnel we went under the M1.

We had to wait for about 45 minutes before being able to go down the Watford Gap staircase.

This was the first time we have seen a driver carrying a baby in a sling.

The canal passes Watford Gap services on the M1 so there is always the opportunity to buy something 24 hours a day!


We joined the main line of the Grand Union at Norton junction and turned right towards Braunston.

Soon afterwards we passed these cows cooling down in the cut.

There were a lot of boats on this section and we passed six in the 2,042 yard long Braunston tunnel. We moored at the top of the Braunston flight and wandered down to the Admiral Nelson which is one of our favourite canal side pubs.





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