Monday August 6

Although the weather was not very promising when we left Braunston (we had light drizzle) today was another bright sunny day. We left Braunston at nine after taking on water at the turn. Reached the bottom of Napton flight at eleven. It was the first time we passed the new Wigrams Turn Marina. It must get very busy around there at times with all the large marinas and Napton Narrowboats so close.

When we passed the site of Napton Brickworks Steve took a photo of the place where our first boat, Bertie, was built by Peter Nicholls. Busy up the Napton Flight but we had no real problems. We were half-way up the flight when we passed our friends Bob and Lynn who we travelled up the River Nene with last year. They were on their way back to Braunston with NB Moriarty. It was great to see them again. It appears they had met NB Buster from Kingfisher Marina on their travels on the Oxford Canal.

Chatting to Bob & Lyn Doyle of NB Moriarty

Moored up mid afternoon at an idyllic spot on one of the few straight sections near Wormleighton. Good views across unspoilt countryside. Spent time chatting with the crew from NB Pern who are moored up behind us. We played with their dog Brecon who is a star at retrieving objects. Watched the wildlife (green woodpeckers eating insects on the ground) and watched the sun go down. Tomorrow we travel towards Cropredy, probably without stopping in the village. It appears that there are already lots of boats moored up there ready for the Music Festival.

Sunset near Wormleighton

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