Thursday, 1 October 2015

Norton Junction

This morning we departed our spot at 0815 hrs, and three quarters of an hour later we arrived at the water point in Braunston, by the Gongoozerlers Rest ( a cafe boat ). We filled with water and dumped some rubbish, before obtaining a couple of slices of toast and marmalade whilst waiting. We were soon joined on the water point by Nb Inca, whose blog can be found in our blog list. They were going the same way, so we now had a locking partner for the six wide locks we had to do today. We had seen Inca before on the Shroppie, but this was the first time for a chat. I was pleased to hear they are happy with the zinc coating they had done, as we are on our way to Debdale for the same process. Once through the locks, we were soon in the 2042 yard long Braunston tunnel. We met two oncoming boats, but passed both without contact. Back into the daylight it was a mile and a half to Norton Junction where we said farewell to Inca, we turned left onto the Leicester Line of the Grand Union Canal. We found our usual spot vacant, so quickly secured the boat before nipping down to the New Inn to book our Sunday roast. It was lunchtime so we enjoyed their hospitality. Now back on our winter waters, we plan to stay here till Monday, when we will set off up the Watford staircase locks aiming for Yelvertoft.

Totals 6 Miles 6 Locks 1 Tunnel

Running total 610 Miles 300 Locks 20 Tunnels


  1. Welcome back, enjoy Sunday lunch. Will look out for you on our walks.

    1. We will be nipping into the marina briefly on Monday before we head off towards Debdale.