The unavailability of an Internet connection on large parts of Britain’s waterways has turned me to drink. It is only from pubs and restaurants that I can get access to a usable wifi connection (O2’s rural 3G coverage is hopeless).  The exception was Braunston where we were moored opposite The Boathouse and we didn’t need to leave the comfort of the boat 🙂

Braunston is a Northamptonshire village which thrived on its position at the junction of the Oxford and Grand Union canals for over 150 years.  It continues to do well from the waterways even if the traffic is now pleasure based rather than commercial. The village sits on a hill above the canals as does its iconic church, the Cathedral of the Canals.

These are some ‘postcards’ from the early part of the journey, a trip which will take us from Crick back to Overwater.  The last of the images was our mooring at Hungerfield last Friday. Some 79 locks will eventually deliver us to Audlem.

(currently moored at Penkridge on the Staffs and Worcester)

... the Oxford and Grand Union junction, Braunston
... the Oxford and Grand Union canals meeting at Braunston
Oakmere ...Oakmere ...
Hungerfield ...


  1. LaVagabonde · June 4, 2015

    Love the photos. So timeless and dramatic. Infrared filters? Is this a yearly trip for you now? I’m about to take off to the mountains for a few days. The frustration of bad wifi in the mountain pensions will keep me from trying to use it. 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · June 5, 2015

      Many thanks Julie – virtual red filter, virtual Velvia, then On1’s Ansel Adams filter. All perfectly natural 🙂
      Have a good time in the mountains.

    • northumbrianlight · June 8, 2015

      Sorry, didn’t answer your question – we have a 1/12th share in Oakmere which gives us 4 weeks onboard every year, sometimes more. Unlike other timeshare schemes, this one works well. Hope the mountains were a good escape.

  2. 2e0mca · June 4, 2015

    A very pleasant selection of photos – thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Pit · June 5, 2015

    I’m getting envious! 😉

  4. Malin Ellisdotter H · June 5, 2015

    You’re so funny… :)) lovely images, Robin!! Cheers!

    • northumbrianlight · June 5, 2015

      Many thanks Malin – not many people find me funny. Juvenile and irritating but not funny 😀 ❤

      • Malin Ellisdotter H · June 5, 2015

        Haha, now you’re funny again… Enjoy the weekend ❤️❤️

  5. socialbridge · June 6, 2015

    Robin, adorable photos, especially the bridge one. (I might have to steal that when you’re under the influence! ) Have a great weekend.

    • northumbrianlight · June 8, 2015

      Thanks Jean – no 3G signal and no pubs with wifi – hence my slow response and sober state 😦

  6. Beauty Along the Road · June 7, 2015

    Many things have been blamed for people turning to drink 🙂 Now, we have absence of the internet as an additional reason…
    Are you traversing the UK on boat, or just a certain section?

    • northumbrianlight · June 8, 2015

      We are bringing the boat back from a boat show in Northampton to its normal home in Cheshire – a journey of 131 miles and 74 locks. We are taking it slowly so it will take about 15 days. It is 93 miles by road an takes about 1 hour 40 minutes by car 🙂

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