How To Find Me

If you’re planning on visiting me, you’ll need to follow the directions below. Please note that there are two different sets of directions. One is to my mooring within the marina. The other is to the location I use for the beginning of my discovery days. The two locations are only a few hundred metres apart so it’s not going to be the end of the world if you use the wrong directions. However, please bear in mind that I rarely have a mobile signal either in the marina or at the top of the Calcutt flight so you will need to email me if you end up in the wrong place and I’m not there.

DISCOVERY DAY DIRECTIONS

Directions from Tomlow Rd (Car)

Directions from Tomlow Rd to my mooring above Calcutt Top Lock

Directions from Tomlow Rd to my mooring above Calcutt Top Lock

The post code to where I will be moored is CV47 8HX. If you enter this into your satellite navigation device you will be directed to the closest point on Tomlow Rd which is about half a mile from where I’ll be. You should then see a sign up a private lane for Calcutt Boats and Napton reservoir.

Follow the lane for half a mile until you come to a pair of electric gates. Straight ahead through the gates is the marina. Don’t enter the marina grounds if you’re joining me for a discovery day. Instead, turn right before the gates – there should be a sign pointing towards Napton reservoir – then park in the reservoir car park.

Walk up the embankment to the reservoir and turn left to follow the reservoir footpath up to the canal. Turn left when you reach the canal towards Calcutt Top Lock, then cross the canal by walking across the lock gates. Now turn right away from the lock. You will see a number of boats moored ahead of you. My boat will be one of them. The boat is cream and blue with three solar panels on the roof. The boat’s name, James No 194, is displayed on the side as is a white registration number, 62241, on the cabin side at the rear of the boat.

Walk to the front of the boat and knock on the cabin side. I’ll be inside making your coffee.

Directions from Wigrams B & B (Foot)

The closest accommodation to my mooring is on the canal at Napton junction where the Grand Union and Oxford canals meet. A ten minute walk along the Grand Union canal will bring you to Calcutt Top Lock. To make sure that you head in the right direction from Wigrams, stand with your back to the B & B and the junction to your left. You should see a row of moored boats opposite and to the right. Turn right along the towpath so that the canal is on your left.

If you reach the lock, you’ve just walked past my boat. The boat’s description is above.

MARINA MOORING DIRECTIONS

Directions from Tomlow Rd (Car)

The route from our entrance gate to the closest car park to my mooring

The route from our entrance gate to the closest car park to my mooring

When I’m not cruising, I’m moored at Calcutt Boats. I’m generally only on my mooring from December until the end of March when I’m back working at Calcutt Boats. Please check first to make sure I’m here before you visit.

The post code for the marina is CV47 8HX. If you enter this into your satellite navigation device you will be directed to the closest point on Tomlow Rd to the marina. You should then see a sign up a private lane for Calcutt Boats and Napton marina.

Follow the lane for half a mile until you come to a pair of electric gates. You turn right here for the reservoir and carry on through the gates for the marina. Please note that these gates are closed between 6pm and 7.30am. If you plan to arrive outside these hours please contact me for the access code.

Once through the gates, follow the road until you come to a junction by three wheelie bins. Go straight ahead here to cross a bridge over a stream. Follow the road round to the left at the greenhouse and pass a white building on your right (our offices and chandlery). Take the track up a hill when you reach our wharf area and park in the small car park there.

You will see a marina below the car park. Walk down to the marina and turn right so that the marina is on your left hand side. At the end of

Take one of two tracks down to the marina from the car park, then turn right

Take one of two tracks down to the marina from the car park, then turn right

a block paved road you will see a white stone path. Take the path. It will lead you to the dump barge where I am moored. Walk on to the barge and knock on the side of the boat to let me know you are there. Our two spaniels will bark but don’t worry, all they want to do is say hello.

Directions from Wigrams B & B (Foot)

The closest accommodation to my mooring is on the canal at Napton junction where the Grand Union and Oxford canals meet. A ten minute walk along the Grand Union canal will bring you to Calcutt Top Lock. To make sure that you head in the right direction from Wigrams, stand with your back to the B & B and the junction to your left. You should see a row of moored boats opposite and to the right. Turn right along the towpath so that the canal is on your left.

When you reach the lock, cross over the canal by walking across the lock gate. If the gate at one end of the lock is open, just walk to the other end of the lock to cross the closed gate. Once over the lock walk over a small steel bridge over the canal’s old single lock, then turn left along a path. Calcutt Boats’ cottage orchard is on your right. The large tree in the centre is a walnut. The ones surrounding it are apple, pear and damson.

Follow the path for fifty yards until you see a wooden gate on your right by a moored boat on the left. Turn right to go through the gate, then walk towards a greenhouse. At the greenhouse turn right alone a road, go past a white cottage and offices on the right, past a brick building on the right and Portakabins on the left, past our wharf and up a steep road towards a car park.

Cross over the lock gate to the opposite side of the canal

Cross over the lock gate to the opposite side of the canal

Take the track down to the marina before you reach the car park. Turn right at the bottom and walk to the end of a block paved road with boats moored on your left. At the end of the road walk ahead onto a white gravel path. Follow the path to the end and walk onto an old working barge. I’m moored against the barge. Knock on the side of the boat to let me know you’re there. Don’t worry about the barking dogs unless you’re worried about being licked to death.