We set off from just above Lock 29, four from the bottom of the Hatton flight, after breakfast. 29 locks and 20 miles later we arrived in Braunston as the light was fading rapidly. After Leamington Spa a Viking Afloat hire boat with eight Finns came up behind us, and we shared all the remaining locks.
We witnessed a beautiful sunset as we came along the stretch between Napton Junction and Braunston - this is the best of my photos.
Soon after turning right at Braunston Turn we passed No Direction. I waved to Jayne, but she probably couldn't see who the man in the hat was as it was definitely getting rather dark by then. We found half a space before the water point by the toll cottage, so we tied up. We'll leave early in the morning so we shouldn't inconvenience anybody. That means we probably won't have time to say a proper "hello" to Ray and Jayne - sorry!
After tying up we went to the "two for one" pub - can't remember its name. I had a very nice pint of Marston's Old Empire. Tomorrow's destination is Stoke Bruerne, then MK on Monday.
Wasn't me that went a swimming. - Initial turnout for the Pie and Pea was better than anticipated considering how much snow had fallen. But we had a couple of turnarounders (is that a word?...
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