Last week we were back in Oxfordshire visiting family & friends, coinciding with a return visit to The UK by Adrian & David. Last Friday we had a day on Oxford Canal hiring one of the day boats.
Once we departed we set about breakfast - bacon rolls for all
We hired the boat from Lower Heyford (http://www.oxfordshire-narrowboats.co.uk) & travelled north up the canal
For the first section Andy walked Crag along the tow path
Karen now takes over walking Crag, whilst Ian steers the boat
Adrian & David take control at the first lock (Allen’s Lock)
Crag is very happy as he makes acquaintance with Jess a 3 year old collie
After much flirting from both parties it’s time to move on
A short video clip
David & Adrian enjoy a cuppa
Ian is the main helmsman
David has a go
Followed by Adrian
We stop for a short break & Karen returns to the boat
Crag finds a stick!
Somerton Lock cottage
Ian expertly steers the boat into Somerton Deep Lock, this is the deepest lock of the day at 12ft (it is the deepest lock on the canal & the 15th deepest in the country)
The lock takes quite a while to fill
And we are out the other side
We turn the boat around & moor up for lunch before retracing our route back
This time we have a 12ft drop down at Somerton
Cuppas have been replaced with alcohol now
Dad & Lad steer us back
Some of the trees are starting to turn autumnal
Ooops we decide to investigate the river bank!
Karen wasn’t driving then honestly
The lengthening shadows reflect in the canal
Ian taking photos whilst David steered
Thanks Anne & Ian for thinking up such a thoroughly good way for us all to spend the day.