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Above Fenny Compton, it’s about to rain

Drove my narrowboat past Fenny Compton, headed north towards Napton Junction. The sky darkened dramatically, then unleashed a short shower that sent me scurrying inside for my waterproofs. Continue reading

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Lift bridges on the Oxford Canal

I don’t know whether any other canals have them, but I’ve not seen a lift bridge anywhere except on the Oxford Canal. The Oxford Canal, with its narrow locks that only allow one boat at a time through, it’s occasional lift bridges, and its winding path, can be a slow canal to travel. Continue reading

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Goodbye Thames, hello Oxford Canal

Boating on the Thames in Autumn has been a wonderful experience. The river has been consistently beautiful and interesting from Brentford to Oxford. At Oxford we left the Thames and entered the Oxford Canal via a lock. Suddenly everything’s much narrower. Continue reading

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