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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Monday, 3 August 2020


Arggggg...you couldn't make it up! First lock 71 on the GU was out of action due to the gate falling off and now that we have turned around and are heading to the Thames via Oxford a message came through from C&RT with this!

Unfortunately, we have had to temporarily close the Buckby Lock Flight.
One of the Cills has blown, on the third lock as you approach from the bottom of the flight.
We will be on-site tomorrow morning, to carry out a full investigation.
We aim to have the lock flight operational again by Friday and will update the website tomorrow when we have more information.
We appreciate our customer's patience at this time.

We were still at the Great Linford although after Sunday lunch consisting of roast Beef and Yorkshire pud, (loverrrly)  we moved to a quieter spot. Also, there was a ledge by the pub moorings which no amount of fenders shoved down the hull of FS could make FS stop banging and, I might add made worse of course by speeding boaters!

Ruins of St Peters Church.
 So the plan was to move to Cosgrove and stay for a couple of days. The loo was at a critical stage and the water tank was down to 20%. Unfortunately, the tap at Cosgrove is sooo very slow that we watched Bargain hunt and had lunch before it was full!

And seen by the Black Horse pub. Someone's pet rabbit.

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