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Trip to New Home Mooring – Day 2a.

Off up the Napton Flight…

An invitingly bright morning, the stove had warmed the whole boat all night, we’d enjoyed breakfast and were away by 9.20am.
We used the services of the sanitary station below Bottom Lock (confusingly called Lock 8) before beginning our ascent at 9.50am.
Ship-shape and ready to climb the 49’1″ to Marston Doles.
Our recently repainted ‘elum’ in place in the rudder stock, and the sun shining bright on The Folly Bridge.
The first lock with ‘Eileen’ in my charge, completed in good order.
Looking back from the second lock, or Lock 9, towards Napton Hill, the windmill unfortunately bleached out by the bright white clouds…
The second lock is well known as the tightest on this part of the South Oxford, if we were to get stuck anywhere it’d be here, happily there was no problem at all… so relief all round! ps. from this angle Eileen seems a dauntingly long old lady!
An English idyll, isn’t this what it’s all about?
Lock 10 guarded by it’s own WW2 bunker.
Dramatic skies animate the morning’s climb…
Willing hands make light work – sharing the experience of locking-up with others… (ps. note-to-self, I really must make a note of the names of the boats we meet along the way – so many lovely, friendly people…).
Nearly there, entering Lock 16, Napton Top Lock at Marston Doles. My scribbled note says ‘leave lock 11.38’ just under 2 hours for the 9 lock flight in a new boat and with our Molly experiencing the complexities of locks for the first time – we’ve done GOOD!
Beneath Marston Doles Bridge and into ‘the mouth’ of the lock…

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