Onto Banbury –  31st July 2022

So about three hours of cruising today. Unfortunately, from where we set off until the second lock, the water level was a foot below normal. Once again, we were scraping our bum along the canal floor. Mike had moved their boat Charlie Mo back across the canal from their private mooring as again it was going to end up on a bad tilt.

Hence the importance of the Canal and River Trust who maintain the water levels as well as maintaining the canals. They are going to need to run more water down the canal again from the summit.

Hmm, maybe they need to come and attend to this lock. The gates were 25 years old which is about the limit as to how long a wooden gate and it’s associated paddles can last. Often the paddles are recycled onto the new gates as they do have a longer life. Every gate is individual and must be made specifically for that particular lock chamber.

We picked some blackberries from the side of the canal in the hope of making a crumble for dinner tonight.

There is always something to keep you entertained along the way.

So, into Banbury we did go. The area around the canal has certainly been spruced up since we were last here in 2019.

Once settled in, we set off for a self guided walking tour around the center of the town.

This is one of the few towns we have been into where we felt that the center was vibrant. Yes, there were a number of shops that were boarded up, but you could put that down to COVID.

There were a lot of people around and the council had made a good effort with the flowers around the pedestrian shopping core, which consisted of a lot of lovely narrow laneways.

If you remember your nursery rhymes, Ride a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross will ring a bell. This is the exact location that the rhyme refers to.

The lady on the not so white horse.

Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross,
To see a fine lady upon a white horse;
Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes,
And she shall have music wherever she goes.

It was then back to the boat to make our Blackberry and Apple crumble.


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