I have set this blog up to record my time in Stoke Bruerne. I bought 2 Canalside Cottages on 26-April-13 and moved in (after some renovation) on 28-June-13. I hope to record the times and events of living to Stoke Bruerne (and I hope I can contribute to the village during my time).
I have a narrowboat (see Leo No2 blog) which I will moor at Blisworth but would like to try and moor in Stoke Bruerne if possible.
Friday, 4 October 2013
Moving Leo No2 back to Stoke Bruerne (Day 5)
Industrial lock waiting areas
Off early (07:00) again today with the aim of getting to Banbury for a food shop and to moor early on the moorings above the lock.
It was with some trepidation that I approached Somerton Deep lock - it has a fearsome reputation for the lower gate being difficult to close. I had all sorts of ideas as to how to close the gate but in reality I just leant on the gate and it closed. Got to be lucky sometimes. I found Anyho Weir lock more challenging as it is an odd shape (to give volume from the river Cherwell to the canal). No problem in the end and I arrived at Bridge 168 (Morrisons) at 11:15 and on to the first mooring above Banbury Town lock just as the rain came - lucky again - I expect I shall get wet tomorrow!
I think some of the lock waiting areas are just a little industrial for a narrowboat - this one the last swing bring on the Wolvercoate section at Dukes Cut.