Our 24 hour micro-trip has ended all too soon. But what a grand 24 hours it’s been! From a fine evening ‘chug’ to a delightful mooring; and the warmth and sunshine, to the delicious BBQ supper…

We later took a walk down the towpath, past water-filled, flooded-out fields into Cropredy to the music night at The Brasenose Arms. They had an amazing blues pianist Paddy Milner playing, if you’ve not heard of him it’s likely you soon will, he’s a wonderfully talented musician, I’d urge you to check out his website and sample his music…

Late evening we had an adventurous pitch-dark tumble-scramble back along the towpath to the boat. And the evening ended summer-idyllically lazing on the roof of the back cabin into the wee small hours chatting, cloud-gazing and generally putting the world to rights.

Sunday morning found us taking a leisurely rise and then, with an eye on the clock, enjoying a tasty breakfast on the move.

Grand Times!

The River Cherwell swollen by the rains has long since burst it’s banks and filled the meadows. Our walk to the pub was accompanied by the loud splash-splash of cows crossing the watery fields and the rasp of them tearing the drier grasses by the hedge…
Evening, the meal cleared away, broad smiles on our faces as we head down into Cropredy…
Sunday morning, having turned at Cropredy Wharf, here we are in Cropredy Lock, Claire’s getting the hang of the windlass/lock combination.
It’s not all lock winding though, even on so short as trip as this there’s also time for a moments reverie under the hanging branches…
Looking back out of Broadmoor Lock, the bright verdant greens of the towpath contrasting wonderfully with the dark wood and metalwork of the lock gates…
An wooden butty above Broadmoor Lock…

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