Saturday, 23 April 2016

Spring Cruse 2016 ❽

Braunston Marina to Hillmorton.

Date 23rd April 2016

Overnight the weather was clear and very cold.

Morning: 9:30 saw me throw off the ropes and head back up the north Oxford canal. Waved goodbye to Maffi who was going heading southThe wind had quite a bite and so the garb of the day was hats, gloves and a warm coat.  Intended calling in at the canal shop for fuel - but it was closed. Current price is advertised as 60p a litre.

Hillmorton waterpoint to take on water. Then went back up the lock to  Granthams Bridge.



Birds: House Sparrow,  Magpie, Carrion Crow, Rook, Jackdaw, Blackbird, Mallard, Mute Swan, Pied Wagtail, Goldfinch, Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, Robin, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coot, Moorhen, Canadian Goose, Buzzard, Black Headed Gull, Sedge Warbler, Swallow, Green Woodpecker the highlight being the first Sedge warbler of the year. However, there were no skylarks in the fields.

Butterflies: Meadow Brown.

People walking the towpath - 11
People cycling the towpath - 0
Boats on the move - 9
Today's Total.
Miles: 7.5
Locks: 4
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 11.0

Accumulated Total.
Miles: 2729.9
Locks: 1744
Swing / Lift Bridges: 362
Tunnels: 63
Pump Outs: 26
Engine Hours: 3

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