Fringe Walk around Banbury

January 31, 2009

We went for a long walk today and are feeling great for it, so we won’t feel guilty about pilling on the calories this evening.

The walk was courtesy of Cherwell District Council, they have a selection of well marked walks that can be found here. We decided on the 10 mile Fringe walk around Banbury.

The walk actually started outside of Lazy Days front door, how cool is that. We walked down the canal towards Oxford and then took a sharp right up Canal lane, as we climbed up the hill we could see a narrow boat coming along out of Banbury.

Looking towards Banbury, from Oxford side

Looking towards Banbury, from Oxford side

The walk wasn’t particularly attractive but I guess it is that time of the year, mid winter with everything dead brown and wet. We did come across these fungi when we stopped for a refreshing cuppa.

Fungi

Fungi

we are now back on the boat tired and exhausted and feeling pleased with ourselves for having got out. Now where’s that beer.

403.11 Miles, 298 Locks, 44 Swing Bridges, 26 Lift Bridge, 4 Tunnels. 3 batteries!! 1 Alternator


Friday Night

January 30, 2009

A typical Friday; work, early evening drinks, meal and back to the boat for a read. We had intended to go and watch a movie, Slum dog millionaire. Unfortunately they change the movies around every Friday so it was not on at 17:15 but 20:00; we had stayed up late last night watching a Prime Suspect DVD and couldn’t really face hanging about for 3 hours waiting for the movie to start so we resorted to our normal Friday night routine.

Hey we are now plunging the depths of blog, we are in it to the proverbial hilt. I have nothing to say, but need to upload something to keep the daily output going, so lads and lasses this is it. Tomorrow is another day.

403.11 Miles, 298 Locks, 44 Swing Bridges, 26 Lift Bridge, 4 Tunnels. 3 batteries!! 1 Alternator


GRPS Table

January 29, 2009

We had a good walk around Banbury today, I didn’t take any photographs as the light was not particularly good and I know that we have a few more days. Besides Ernie has a fine collection on his web site. They have a market today and Saturday and we bought our veggies, we will endeavour to do this whenever we can in future, much better than supermarkets.

I have managed to upload my GRPS table of restaurants and pubs we have visited over the last few months. Of course it is always difficult to set these things down as they are liable to change from week to week. I might change this at a later date to reflect canal/river location.

403.11 Miles, 298 Locks, 44 Swing Bridges, 26 Lift Bridge, 4 Tunnels. 3 batteries!! 1 Alternator


Work

January 28, 2009

With moving down from Aynho yesterday we had more work to do today in order to catch up with our expected quota, so not a lot to report today.

We did meet up with Ernie from “Ten Bob Note” again on his way to Maplin, we were on our way to find a café for a lunch break and a break from work. Mmm now are we reaping the full benefits of travelling the canal system? Or should we be considering a change, it’s a pity about the credit crunch which has hit us all but particularly the retirees with their life savings, diminishing by the minute.

We did go over to Tesco for a shop and that is some walk from where we are and all I can say is I will look at getting a delivery as Sue does from “No Problem”.

So that has been our day work – shop drop. Yes lets find the nearest bridge and have it delivered.

I am still trying to find the correct work-play balance, it seems to escape me maybe it’s an age thing, everything seems to take longer nowadays.

403.11 Miles, 298 Locks, 44 Swing Bridges, 26 Lift Bridge, 4 Tunnels. 3 batteries!! 1 Alternator


Banbury

January 27, 2009

We woke up this morning surrounded by fog, outside not in our heads. We needed to fill up with water and pump out which we did at Aynho Wharf before setting off into the mist towards Banbury.

Fog on the Oxford Canal

Fog on the Oxford Canal

The sun was trying to break through and it eventually did by about 1 o’clock. And we had a pleasant trip along particularly as all of the lift bridges were raised along this section. We took turns as usual walking along the towpath which was extremely muddy and difficult under foot. The river Cherwell was not too high considering the rain we have had. We thought that it might be on red but it was amber, even so we just got through the bridge at Nell Bridge Lock with about 4 inches to spare.

Nell Bridge

Nell Bridge

The bikes were still on the bike rack, which I have to admit is not a very good place but hey we are flexible, if we are squeezed from above we put them on the back if it is too dodgy there they end up inside where my keyboard should be.

Bikes

Bikes

We spoke briefly with Ernie from Ten Bob Note as we came into Banbury, he was walking along the towpath and recognised the boat from our blog.

Today we did 6.98 miles 5 Locks 11 Lift Bridges

403.11 Miles, 298 Locks, 44 Swing Bridges, 26 Lift Bridge, 4 Tunnels. 3 batteries!! 1 Alternator


A Quiet Day

January 26, 2009

A very quiet day today, a bit of work and a walk, not much done on either, I think that it was one of those days. Some would call it Monday.

A boat moored up behind us (sorry I forgot the name, something Duck) and then moved to the other side of the bridge, they have been cruising the inland waterways for 10 years including the Severn estuary and the Wash. Some exciting experiences for us to look forward to or not?

396.13 Miles, 293 Locks, 44 Swing Bridges, 15 Lift Bridge, 4 Tunnels. 3 batteries!! 1 Alternator


Bike Rack

January 25, 2009

The River Cherwell is all over the place after last night’s rain. Just below Heyford Common Lock the river was actually above the canal but the towpath prevented a union of the two, having said that there was some small breeches across the towpath which Frances had to negotiate around as she walked along the path.

We still have a slow connection otherwise I would put up a photo of an event which hasn’t happened for some time, in fact I cannot remember the last time we used the …….wait for it,

THE BIKE RACK

We cannot have the bikes on the roof with the low height of the lift bridges and some of the bridges that cross the Oxford canal. Usually we address this problem by keeping the bikes inside the cabin, but I thought it was time to reuse the infamous bike rack that has been trailing behind us like a suspended Jonathan Ross.

We are now moored up at Aynho and you can hear the ugly roar of the motorised traffic using the nearby M40.

Today we did 5.85 miles 3 Locks and 2 Lift Bridges

396.13 Miles, 293 Locks, 44 Swing Bridges, 15 Lift Bridge, 4 Tunnels. 3 batteries!! 1 Alternator