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Grand Union Canal (GUC) - Napton Junction to Kingswood Junction - Part of the old Warwick and Birmingham Canal
We cruised this section of the Grand Union canal from Kingswood Junction with the Stratford-on-Avon Canal to Napton Junction with the Oxford Canal (Grand Union Section) as part of our 2010 cruise.
We had arrived on the southern section of the old Warwick and Birmingham Canal (GUC) late in the afternoon and after just a mile found the 'Tom o' the woods' visitor moorings near Turner's Green a pleasant spot to moor for the night before tackling the 21 Hatton Locks. Right opposite the visitor moorings south of bridge 63 there were some goats that kept us amused for a while (being spring and all that)!
We set off fairly early (for us) and after getting a soaking in the Shrewley Tunnel we waited at the Hatton Top Lock for half an hour or so, hoping to pair up with another boat to go through the heavy double locks of the Hatton Flight but started out descent alone.
Hatton Locks, like most double locks are a bit of a bind for a two man crew and we stopped for lunch between locks 36 and 37.
As we were about to set off we saw another boat behind us comming down only a lock away, so we waited and set lock 36 for the two of us. Only to be slightly disapointed by the skipper who informed us he was stopping for lunch!
We waited for NB Olive, a Black Prince hire boat being moved by the company to their Napton hire base for the summer. Anyway it's far more sociable sharing the locking with another crew, giving you a chance to learn a bit more about the canal system from a different point of view.
We arrived at Hatton Bottom Lock a lot quicker than we had expected but still passing the Saltisford Arm and two more locks at The Cape before we reached the visitor moorings opposite Kate Boats by bridge 49 in Warwick.
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