Saturday, July 30, 2011

Into Braunston And Escape To The Countryside

Going down Braunston Locks
Yesterday we left our mooring near Norton Junction on the GUC Leicester Arm and headed down to Braunston. First going through that very long tunnel meeting loads of boats coming in the opposite direction and then working down through the flight of double locks into Braunston.

Before we left Ben and I went for a walk along the edges of the wheat fields as far as Buckby Wharf and back. The fields here have wide borders left for walkers and wild life. Ben remembered the route and headed straight for the stream with it's bridge across connecting the fields, for a paddle and a drink of course.

Lots of help going down the double locks with another boat full of holiday makers. We stopped for a short time to visit the Chandlery at the bottom lock  who supplied us with the three spare belts we needed for the Beta 43 and some filters needed for the oil change Eric is doing today.  He's down the engine hole now, batteries checked, gearbox oil changed and he's replacing the engine oil with lovely clean stuff.

We're moored in the countryside near Bridge 85, a good place for satellite TV and away from busy, busy Braunston. Loads of boats going past in both directions but nice quiet towpaths. Ben and I had a walk for an hour or so towards Rugby and back and we met only some ramblers enjoying the countryside too.

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