17th - 24th September 2022

The intrepid narrowboating crew gathered at the Black Prince boatyard at Napton (near Rugby) on Saturday 17th September to collect their 70ft narrowboat for a one week adventure.   The route had been calculated to take in some of the most dangerous and difficult sections on the Grand Union Canal, namely the Leicester Arm.    This was known to include not only the Braunston Tunnel (2042 Yds), but also the infamous Watford and Foxton staircase locks, to say nothing of the Saddingham Tunnel.   Jon, (New Boy) planned to join the boat on Sunday evening, after the tunnel to minimise his stress levels and protect his mental health.

Saturday 17th September

Sunday 18th September

The crew prepared themselves for the Braunston Tunnel, which was traversed in near record time.

Monday 19th September

The crew had a relaxing, but long day as they cruised the lockless section of the canal towards Foxton, even though there was a period of light drizzle

The crew marvelled at the remains of the Foxton Inclined Plane lift and wondered whether they could rebuild it in time for the their transition the following morning, but decided to leave it to others


Tuesday 20th September

Conditions were good as Bob gently guided the narrowboat through another lock in the sunshine

Wednesday 21st September


Thursday 22nd September

Arrival at Crick allowed the crew to prepare a wholesome meal on board, before heading to the Red Lion for a pint or two.   Afterwards the exhausted crew relaxed in the boat, making full use of the mood lighting, before retiring for an early night.




Friday 23rd September


Saturday 24th September


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