Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Black Jack to Aylesbury

We spent one night on the Grand Union at Marsworth before moving round on the Aylesbury Arm and mooring just below Black Jack lock smack between Marsworth and the village of Wilstone.  There are 14 day visitor moorings at Wilstone but they are shaded by trees and that would have put at risk the important TV signal needed for the weekend's F1Grand prix!!!

Wilstone village is well kept has a lovely and very popular pub, the Half Moon.  It is dog friendly and they were doing a roaring trade with lunchtime meals for locals and the many walking groups that use it as a refreshment stop.
Above - this is the village community shop.  Apparently the Post Office was lost over a year ago and with it the local store but they have managed to open a shop again by using volunteer workers.  It is open every morning until 13.00hrs and they were happy to save me a newspaper each day.
This Wilstone reservoir which serves the Grand Union.  We walked around it with the dogs one day and then discovered an excellent Farm Shop where we bought the ingredients of the Year's first BBQ which we enjoyed on Saturday.
We stayed at Wilstone for five days where we were joined by Linda and David on NB Critical Point who are going to be cruising with us for the next three months.

After the Grand Prix on Sunday we pulled pins and headed off towards Aylesbury some five miles and twelve locks away. Caxton lead the way with Nb Matilda Rose and NB Critical Point following us down to the Aylesbury basin.
This is a lovely stretch of canal and we were blessed with another glorious day to enhance the cruise/walk.


paul said...

Lovely pics, very envious.
The way Sydney house prices are going through the roof at the moment hopefully we can bring our plans forward and get over there earlier.

nb piston broke said...

Have you not heard? This weeks GP has been cancelled until October next one is 2nd May Jerez. Pesky volcanic ash!

Nb Caxton said...

Hi Paul
Come on over as soon as you can - life is wonderful out here in the ditches!

Nb Caxton said...

Hi Paul and Lynn
Joe has checked out the website after your warning, thanks