Some snapshots of our journey along the Oxford from Sutton Stop to Banbury.
This canal is probably the most well-travelled in the country; thousands of narrowboaters queue up at the Napton and Claydon locks in the summer months, raving about the glorious countryside. Now whisper it, but so far I’ve been a bit underwhelmed. It’s not really a patch on its northern cousins for history, or scenery, or pork pies, or good beer. But there was an excellent bendy bit, near Fenny Compton, where we saw the same radio mast at least a dozen times from different angles. And some good water buffalo, too. So I’m not complaining.
Tom, incidentally, thinks I’m wrong and that the gentler “English” beauty of the Oxford Canal is the perfect complement to the tougher beauty of the more craggy waterways we’ve been on. I’ll leave you to be the judge from our collection of pics.