Because this is the canal we started out on when we bought the boat, we thought this was the norm, but it really isn't-coming back now, after having spent some time on the wide canals (and a quick dice with a couple of rivers) I realise how charming this (& the South Stratford) really are. You can spend 2 or 3 days cruising & meandering about & still end up only 5 or 6 miles down the road as the crow flies. Given the network of footpaths that cut across the bends, you can certainly walk it quicker. You do, also, need to keep an eye on your chimney, dogs & anything else that lurks on your roof as the bridges tend to be quite diminutive; both horizontally & vertically.
Talking of footpaths, there's still an awful lot of water around despite the glorious sunshine. It was so warm that we had to let the fire out until this evening although there is a groundfrost now.