From Banbury to The Pig Place
Days 54 - 56 5.5 miles, 3 locks and 1 lift bridge
We left the centre of Banbury for the second time and negotiated the lift bridge and town lock to head southwards - only for 10 minutes as we moored for Morrisons!
We needed to stock up as we head into the country again.
Passing under another of the (open) lift bridges
Old lift bridge and modern M40 in the distance
Heading towards the M40 - which accompanies the canal (with the background noise)
Chris having a rest at Grants Lock
The locks south of Banbury are generally deeper - here at Grants Lock at 9' 6"
Looking back at the large bottom gate - single gates south of Banbury
A view of the lock and bridge combination
This is Kings Sutton Lock at a 10' 8" and so needs a long lock beam. To make it easier to close, there is an extra ledge to walk/push round
Lift Bridge No.182 - this one does need opening, here by another helpful boater
We came to the Pig Place and decided to call in for an ice-cream! Then decided to stop the night with mains electric hook up for £12
Some of the pigs
This rooster was not to be outdone!
Rare breed Gloucestershire Old Spot
Silver Shadow II 1977
The famous Rolls Royce figure head
A late evening photo - moored at the Pig Place
We saw the advert for the Mikron Theatre coming up the Oxford Canal - happily coming into the Pig Place. So we pushed over to the towpath and awaited the day of the show.
Here the Mikron's narrowboat arrives - and gets stuck on the mud edge due to the low pound
Mikron edges forward and into the pontoon
A Yarwood of Northwich 1937 Grand Union Carrying Co. Boat
Getting ready for the 'Til the Cows Come Home' show - absolutely excellent and highly recommended!