A trip to Oxford and back from Rugby on two Willow Wren boats, Redshank and Shoveller. “Dai Evz” (David Evans) mended the landlord’s phone at the Barley Mow pub in Upper Heyford and we were rewarded with an extension. We were woken next morning by USAF fighter-bombers taking off.
A classic example of the “chalk on bridges” method of communication occurred on the way back. Some people wanted to stay in Oxford for a look round and we arranged to pick them up off a certain train at one of the stations on the parallel railway. However we got there too early and decided we had to carry on, leaving a message chalked on the overbridge saying “Redshank! Get Back on Train and go to next station. Amazingly, it worked!)
Boats: Redshank and Shoveller
Crew: Pete Cash, David Evans, Jim Davies, Mark Doran, Hugh and Jeanette Mowat, Duncan Roberts, Pat Tidy and many others
Route: Rugby – Braunston – Napton – Oxford and return
First night: Bottom of Napton Locks
One night: Barley Mow, Upper Heyford
One Night: Oxford
Photo’s: These are the only ones to come to light so far.
Claydon Top Lock On Oxford Canal
At Claydon Top Lock