After turning at Cropredy Wharf we began our slow return, this time ascending the locks back to Clattercote Wharf. The return journey gave Claire a chance to try her hand at boat handling – and she’s a natural – immediately taking to it, with confidence.

Entering Cropredy Lock. We’re really enjoying our morning out…
From the top of Cropredy Lock looking back towards bridge approach, it’s a beautiful location, I hope not utterly overun and ruined when the large new marina development takes place next year.
‘Our Eileen’ and the lock cottage at Cropredy…
A peaceful moment, a chance for reflection, as we glide out of the village towards the long straight and Broadmoor Lock.
Oilseed, in full flower, dazzles in the fields adjacent to the Cut…
Claire’s a natural! She’s taking to boat handling like a duck to water!
A last glimpse of sunshine as the rain clouds threaten and the skies darken ominously…
Into Broadmoor…
Claire’s got to grips with narrow locks too…
A boat waiting at Varney’s Lock, a chance to have a few words and share setting the lock…
Bullocks, fascinated by the boat’s passing…
They stare and STARE – spooky!
For now, this is the ‘End of The Line’ what a brilliant 24 hours. I’m so pleased we were able to carve out the time to share the boat together, we’ve had a great time!
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