Wednesday, February 16, 2011

It chose us.

The sun chose to shine on us today as we cruised from Cropredy up the South Oxford Canal. I was keen to get some photos of what I gather is the field for the proposed Cropredy Marina. According to my "informant" this is it.

As you can see the edge of it nearest the canal is pretty waterlogged. It is the second large field away from the village edge and if the plans are followed will not make too much of a visual impact on the village, I think. Other impacts like traffic, noise, disruption during construction and changes to the on-line moorings (both permit and visitor) remain to be seen.

Looking back towards Cropredy, field on right and VMs on left

We are getting pretty familiar with the locks up to the summit - and we only passed one narrowboat coming down as we reached Claydon Bottom Lock.

Mucky Duck exits Claydon bottom lock

Fenny Tunnel and Fenny Wharf followed (where we bought oil and a cap for the terminal on our starter battery). We passed the nearly empty moorings at The Wharf Inn and then we were on the wonderful meander created by James Brindley around the hills of Wormleighton, Stoneton and beyond. The village and estates of Wormleighton have been owned by the Spencer Family since 1469. The church has a memorial to Diana Spencer.

We decided to call it a day in a rather lovely spot

On the off-side is the site of the Medieval Village of Wormleighton (click here for a look at a google aerial view showing the village "marks" and our mooring marked!) and as the sun set behind us, the moon rose ahead.

The view from our side doors

Oh moon, lovely moon ....

Cropredy to below Old Town Bridge 133
5 hours 12 minutes, 7.25 miles, 9 locks

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