Off at 10:00 after my early morning run. Down to Norton Junction and turned right (West) towards Braunston on the Grand Union Main Line. We are as far South as we are going this time.
I’d heard that Braunston Tunnel was narrow, although wide enough for 2 boats to pass. This would be the case if boats coming the other way kept to their side of the tunnel!
We had a glancing collision with one boat, even though I was close enough to my side to take the paint off the right hand top bend. 2042 yards of nail biting and we were out into the sunshine again. We had passed 8 boats coming the other way, more than on a whole day’s cruising on the Soar!
Shared Braunston Locks 6 – 3, then 1 and 2 on our own as our companions stopped for a pint at the Admiral Nelson. Very busy with boats through Braunston, but we managed to secure a 48 hour mooring near Bridge 1, so will stay here till Sunday afternoon.
6 Locks, 4½ miles.