Wednesday, 27 August 2014

King's Sutton

Wednesday - I'm up at 06:30 and the sun is back. We set off behind Ewn ha Cul and Dot raises Mill Lift Bridge for us. The brown canal water filling this Oxford ditch on the floor of the Cherwell valley carries FL northward, passing Upper Heyford, through Allen's Lock and deep into Oxfordshire's rural landscape. No enclaves abut the canal until Banbury ten miles north. The M40 which runs parallel to the canal is a distant drone in the peaceful countryside. We caught another glimpse of a kingfisher, that is about 20 in total this year.

We stopped at the pig farm for sausages, at King Sutton lock we are fourth in the queue, the traffic is a result of boats turning around after a bridge collapsed near Thrupp blocking the way south. We decide to moor just after the lock and have an early start in the morning.

Allens L:ock.

Isolated lock cottage, there isn't a road to it.

High speed limits on rural roads

Aynho diamond shaped lock lowers boats a foot.

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