Banbury (via Cropredy)

Tuesday August 7

What an idyllic start to the day! We woke early and saw the sun rise on the Oxford summit. There was a fleeting mist that disappeared quickly as the sun rose.

We left our mooring at eight and made good progress around the tortuous curves of Wormleighton to the Claydon flight. It was relatively quiet until we got close to Cropredy. Lots of boats were moored up ready for the Fairport Cropredy Convention which starts on Thursday. We wanted to moor just south of Cropredy but after three unsuccessful attempts when we found it too shallow (yes even with the recent floods). We gave up trying and headed for Banbury.

We moored up near General Foods alongside the Spiceball Park. Banbury is also busy with boats; we got one of the last few places. Lots of boats passed us going north well into the evening. We wonder where they will end up for the night. Steve found a fellow 2YWM owner moored at Castle Quay. It was a Greeves plated model not a Ruston. The owner was very pleased with it and thought there was no better engine for canal boats, particularly on rivers. Unfortunately Steve did not have time for a longer chat.

Sent via mobile internet