Last Day - We had a leisurely breakfast of bacon sandwiches, no mushrooms left, and set off on the 10 minute journey to the Braunston Tunnel, the second longest of the 4 tunnels on the trip at 2,000m. Glyn took us through with a boat behind and one in front, you don't really have a clue as to how near or far they are. All went well and we then had to negotiate the 6 locks at Braunston, finishing at Lock Number 1, bridges and locks on the Grand Union are all numbered from Braunston.
Shortly afterwards we made our way onto the Oxford Canal at the Norton Junction.
We stopped an hour or so late for a final lunch of corned beef, potatoes and Branston and fed the last of the bread and cake to the swans, it was a lovely rural setting in the middle of nowhere, the sun was out and the sky blue. We then set off for the final hour or so of the journey into Calcutt, we negotiated the last lock and that was it - the end of the voyage.
|House at Buckby Wharf|
|House near Norton Junction|
|Braunston Tunnel entrance|
|Into the Tunnel|
|Following another boat|
|Lock number 1|
|Shop at Lock number 1|
|Lock Number 1|
|Final lunch setting near Napton|
|Near Napton - shows how Oxford Canal twists|
|Swans eating last of the bread|