North Oxford Canal
Day 5. Stretton Stop to Braunston
15 miles – 3 locks – 11 hours
Through purple-green countryside, entertained by the flurry-dance of damsel or dragon flies. A summer’s day, one to learn about pottering along at canal-pace. Perhaps, today I finally found that pace? It was pretty much an internalised day of lists and clear thinking prompted by the blank canvas of the surrounding countryside. I felt adrift, the ‘outside’ world beyond the confines of the canal, an increasingly long way off. I’m enjoying this – despite the loneliness and the long hours of silence. I feel positive, I am getting there.
Today, follow the long embankment over Brinklow Arches, the long since filled-in aqueduct. Pass Harborough Magna ‘Lily’ gliding through stretches of open countryside and deep cuttings.
and Newbold on Avon prior to entering the outskirts of Rugby.
A further deep wooded cutting shields much of Rugby from view, as the canal describes a wide arc around the town, before further open amd emptied countryside hemmed by bare hills.
After hours of relatively empty canal Brauston, a hub of the canal system, brings welcome activity and bustle, suddenly the canal’s crowded with people, there’s an energy and purpose to things, there’s queuing!