This is the first time Dave and I have come down this canal on one boat, the previous times we've been single handed on two boats. Bit of a novelty being chauffeur driven. Major flood alleviation works going on around the M40 here, which has encroached on the lovely isoloated lock cottage at Bourton, leaving them with a few feet of garden at the back before a whopping great 20 foot bank of earth, obscuring any views they may have had. The cottage itself remains unoccupied, unsurprisingly.
Matilda Rose entering the lock just before Banbury.
Thankfully, Ye Olde Raindeer pub was alive and kicking! Beautiful 15th century pub serving a variety of local Hook Norton ales, at £3.30 / pint.