The stretch of the Oxford / Grand Union canal between Napton Junction and Braunston is one of my favourites on the whole system. That's probably because of the memories of my first canal trips in the 1970s, where a combination of a shallow cut and inexperience with a 70-footer had us aground more than once on the Shuckborough bends. But I also find the gently-rolling Warwickshire countryside, the lack of high hedges and consequent views and wide-open skies particularly appealing. I tried hard to find a photo-opportunity to convey this feeling, but this is the best I could manage.
Approaching Braunston from Napton Junction
By early afternoon I was tying up in Braunston on a 14-day mooring at which I can legally stay until the Historic Working Boat Rally and which is about two miles nearer the action than I managed last year!