|,I stood on the plant instead of the bank.|
|Looks a bit more manky now since taking this photo. Good job I'm still on the antibiotics!|
|Spot Ian! Dog nowhere to be seen!|
|View from the top of Somerton lock|
Having had all the lift bridges open so far on the Oxford canal, it was a shock to come round the bend and see Mill lift bridge closed. Ian armed with windlass and BW key ( he had no idea which one he needed ) found on getting there that all he needed was to pull on a chain for the bridge to open.
At Lower Heyford the moored boats stretched for what seemed like miles. I wondered what the attraction of the place was. All I could see was a station. There didnt even appear to have any pubs but maybe they were tucked away somewhere. We did come across a boatyard and we could see what appeared to be a loose boat across the canal. It seemed to partially obscure the bridge 'ole. Turns out the boat was breasted with another and there was plenty of room for us to manoeuvre past.
|Look as if the boat is partially blocking the bridge 'ole|
|River Cherwell enters from the left.|
Although I am now able to walk reasonably well the wound looks to be infected. More antiseptic cream was applied and another bandage put on. I will have to keep an eye on it as who knows what sort of nasty bugs are lurking on that piling. After getting underway not long after 7am, Ian saw me through the lock and onto the river section. He walked on with Jade to set Shipton Weir lock. Approaching the lock a boat was already on the lock landing. I wasn't sure what Ian was doing when he walked on to set the lock. Surly the boat on the landing was waiting to go through? Apparently not! He had decided to moor there overnight. It's a good job I can hold the boat mid stream and the river had only a gentle flow, otherwise I might have ended up going down the wrong channel!
|Shipton Weir lock|
|Equally infamous Molly|
|Maffi's lift bridge. Well it should be named after him as he has blogged about it many a time. Real name though is Aubreys lift bridge.|
|Maffi seeing us on our way after operating the bridge for us. Thanks once again for an enjoyable 30 minutes.|
We continued on route and stopped at Roundham Lock, a tip Maffi had given us to get to the town center. On the way C&RT were installing the dreaded plant rolls. The ones that in years to come will encroach on the waterway making the channel narrower and narrower. I suppose there was a slight difference to the way they usually put them in. They were pile driving the piling down first and then putting the folaige rolls behind. Much better idea and one that should be adopted in future.
We continued on towards the Junction of Dukes Cut, right being the way onto the Thames and straight on toward Oxford. We went straight on pastures new for us never having done this section before. We found a 24hour mooring after Aristotle bridge and stopped for a very late lunch (13 45). As it is a mooring with shade we have decided to stay.
|Looking at the first lock on Dukes cut.|
|Lift bridge with no name no.233 after the junction|
|Long line of moored boats famous for this section|
|A couple of tired ducks perhaps!|
|My first sighting of a Kite|
|Female Marbled white|