Debdale Marina to Banbury

51 miles and 40 locks on this jaunt, including the tunnels of Husbands Bosworth, Crick and Braunston, 1166, 1528 and 2042 yards long respectfully. Nothing new as we’d done these many times before, but Jill still dislikes tunnels and would rather walk over and meet me the other side.
We arrived back at Debdale Marina on 23rd September and were able to spend some time with old boating friends Graham and Jan on NB Amy before retracing our steps up Foxton Staircase Locks to Norton Junction again and turned right into Braunston, (visit the butchers) and on to Napton Junction to join the South Oxford Canal towards Banbury.


Our good friend David Kirk was having his 70th birthday party in Banbury and we were going along. The only guests to have travelled by boat to his party.
We put Chrissie into Cropredy Marina for a few days and spoilt ourselves with a B&B in Banbury, shouldn’t have bothered as it wasn’t good, but the party well and truly made up for it. Many thanks to Jean and David. David plays base guitar in a small band which was excellent to hear.
A few days with the Kirks and as luck wold have it it was Banbury Canal week with loads going on and a chance to look around the famous Tolleys Boat Yard.

It’s great to see a fully loaded Narrowboat on the Canals, below is NB Plover in very clean FMC livery, now used as a fuel boat, supplying coal Diesel and other fuels to boaters around the area.
Great to see and great to hear in this short video.

Great to see, and hear, a fully loaded Narrowboat working the Canals.