Shipton Weir Lock. Here the Oxford Canal locks up into the River Cherwell.

The wide, but shallow, diamond-shaped lock chamber was apparently designed to ensure that boats passing through took a full lockfull of water onto the canal below.

The River Cherwell continues on under the bridge, and the canal turns to the right. Sarah's daughter Rachel in the foreground, David's father John and daughter Pippa beyond.

Approaching a typical Southern Oxford lift bridge.

This one seems to be permanently open.

Jonathan (13) takes the tiller.

A tranquil scene.

Rosie rests on the cabin top...

...and Pippa rests on the towpath.

Sarah admires the view.

Blue and White stripes. Jonathan (QPR) and Pippa (Huddersfield Town)

The family (from left) Clare, David, Rachel, Pippa (holding Rosie), Sarah, George, John, Jonathan and June. Jacqui hides behind the camera.

George lifts the top paddle in the second diamond lock at Aynho Mill.

The sagging footbridge north of Fenny Compton is a single baulk of timber with some rather flimsy handrails. How much longer will it last?

There was a long queue as we arrived at Marston Doles top lock, and we generally had to wait at each lock in the Napton flight. As we leave the lock the queue for the next stretches before us...

... and behind us.

From Napton we boated on, turning left at the Junction, through Wigrams, to moor up just short of Stockton.

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