To the IWA National Festival and back

I don’t know why I do it, but every year or two I feel an urge to go to the IWA National boat festival and so with Wolverhampton in striking distance of Zulu I decided to go. By the time Saturday arrived Zulu was in Polesworth, so after realising I had moored in a wasps…

Fairport’s Cropredy Convention 2008

The first time I passed through Cropredy on the Oxford Canal was on a school canal society trip in 1974. Whilst I don’t remember much about the week, I retain one memory of the Brasenose Arms which I was told featured on the album cover of a certain band called Fairport Convention.  Being into prog rock at…

Claydon to Cropredy

Saturday 2nd August Claydon to Cropredy – South Oxford Canal Only a couple of miles but very pleasant as we dropped down another three locks into Cropredy ready for Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, which doesn’t start until Thursday. Moorings were still plentiful and we pulled up just above the short term moorings at the lock.  There…

Ash gig at Coventry

The other day, walking up to Hawkesbury Junction along the main road at Longford I spotted a huge poster for an Ash concert in the Ricoh Arena – only a mile or so from where I stood.  Making a mental note I realised it was actually for Friday, and this was Wednesday – so I…

Marston Doles to Claydon

Marston Doles to Claydon, South Oxford Canal Woke up to a lovely morning, although as usual it had been raining through the night. Took Seth for a walk all the way down the Napton flight, hoping to find some fresh bread and milk at the Canal Stores adjoining the Folly pub, but despite the “open…