A great time in Banbury with the Kirks, but time is pressing and we have a long way to go before we get to Stoke Boats at Longport Wharf where Chrissie will be out of the water on hard-standing for the winter.
Its 110 miles or so and 57 locks and Newbold Tunnel, a short one at 250 yards.
We don’t want to be rushing about, especially in the Autumn when there’s so much to enjoy with all the changing colours.
So it’s North up the Oxford to Napton Junction, turn right onto the Grand Union to Braunston, left onto the North Oxford to Hawkesbury Junction and the 180 degree turn onto the Coventry Canal to Marston Junction, straight on skirting Nuneaton via Atherstone, Alvecote, Tamworth to Fradley junction again, Left here via Rugeley, Great Haywood Junction, Stone, Trentham and into Stoke.
I came across the very old B&W picture below of Longport Wharf, the warehouses on the right have long gone and the space now occupied with Narrowboats for Stoke Boats.
This is the end of our 2017 cruise, Chrissie will be taken out of the water overwinter at Stoke Boats. There were one or two things I wanted done on the boat, nothing serious but where better than where she was built.
And I know Russell will take care of her for us.
Here’s to 2018