WEDNESDAY 18TH JUNE 2008
Our arrival in Banbury was complicated in that we were in need of a pump out, but the local boatyard could only achieve this with the boat facing the opposite way. We managed to turn Skyy by reversing between boats moored in the adjacent marina. Jacquie jumped ashore from the bow and helped to pull the boat around.
Pumped out and moored just on the outskirt of the town centre, we went to explore and were agreeable surprised. A leisure centre was just of the canal and on the opposite side was Quay Centre, a large shopping centre. The whole area was very smart with red brick paving and elegant footbridges plus a classic lift bridge beside Tooley’s boatyard, which has a working forge, were, if you are so inclined, classes at all levels in blacksmithing can be had. Conducted tours of this very active boatyard are also on offer.
There is a good chandlery and we replaced our large pole that we broke trying to get of the mud on the River Avon, way back in April.