I missed it at the time, but 19th to 26th September 2020 marked the fiftieth anniversary of my first canal holiday. Not quite my first ride on a canal boat - that was a few years earlier when some lovely boaters recognised the obvious interest of teenage lad hanging around the top of the Wolverhampton 21 in the hope of seeing a boat descend, invited him on board and took him as far as Autherley Junction where I reluctantly left them because in those days the Shroppie seemed to disappear off into deep countryside from there and I was worried about getting back. (I didn't know the area - I was on my summer holidays!).
Anyway, back in 1970 I had just completed my first year at university and managed to persuade one of my new student friends and an old mate from school to accompany me on a hire boat holiday on the Grand Union Canal.
|The original caption says "south of Cowroast" but I have my doubts.|
Note the coal train with brake van in the background!
|A very quiet Foxton flight|
I don't know whether the hire company expected its clients to take a week getting to Long Buckby but that obviously wasn't far enough for us and we continued firstly to the top of Foxton locks, which were similarly deserted, and then back to the Oxford Canal and on to Hawkesbury Junction continuing down to Coventry basin before retracing our steps to Long Buckby.
|Hotel boats on the Leicester Section|