Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Slowly to Aynho Wharf - Aug 2014

Our Summer Cruise 2014

Day 57 1.5 miles and 2 locks

We were in no rush today to get down to Ayhno.
And so it proved with a number of hold ups!
Looking back at the CRT Yard at Nell Bridge
A forlorn site - why isn't it dealt with?
When we arrives at Nell Bridge Lock - this Norton Canes Tug 'Resolute' was stuck trying to get in. After trying a variety of approaches, I helped pull it in with a long bow rope around  the top gate stock. Not sure why it was stuck - possibly the gate wouldn't fully open and was leaning backwards so narrowing the entrance?
A rather leaky lock anyway!
Unfortunately there had also been a crash on the road above!
The original old bridge from 1787
Looking back at our boat and the gathering of boat that had been waiting.
There were no boats following us?!
Approaching the Ayhno Weir Lock where the River Cherwell crosses the canal.
Looking back at the substantial wooden weir protection
The River Cherwell flows over its weir

This unusually shaped lock allows enough water down for the lower locks, although it is given as a mere 9" deep on summer levels

The river level warning board - there had been one at the higher Nell Bridge Lock, but no level indicator? 

The level is well within the green

The River Cherwell approaching on it's crossing of the canal here

Chris steers into the lock

A large beast - Billy the Bull

We arrived at Aynho Wharf and took on water. Having moored through the bridge on the Visitor Moorings, I sampled the ale at the recommended Great Western Arms. We went up for an excellent meal that night!

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