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Day

From/To

Miles

Time

Locks

Notes

Day 1.

Rugby Wharf

To
Hillmorton

Rugby Wharf

To

Hillmorton
(Oxford Canal)

 

 

5

 

2.5 hrs

 

 

3 locks

Depart from Rugby Wharf mid afternoon and head towards Braunston Junction.

Stop overnight either at Hillmorton Locks, The Lock Stop Bistro (01788 553562) or Hillmorton Wharf, The Old Royal Oak (01788 561401).

Day 2.

Hillmorton

To

Birdingbury Wharf

Hillmorton

To
Braunston Junction
(Oxford Canal)

To
Napton Junction
(Oxford & Grand Union Canal)
To
Birdingbury Wharf
(Grand Union Canal)

 

5

 


6

 


4

 

2 hrs

 


2 hrs

 


3 hrs

 

 

 

 

 



3 locks

Next morning depart by 09.00 and head on to Braunston Junction where you turn right and head out straight through Napton Junction to Napton Bottom Lock. Here you can stop for lunch, either on the boat or in The Folly Inn (01926 815185)  next to the canal by the bridge.

After lunch, turn the boat in the ‘winding hole’ by the moorings (bows into the winding hole then pull the back end round or use the engine and rudder) Then head back to Napton Junction where you turn left. Continue down through the three Calcutt Locks and on to Birdingbury Wharf, which is your overnight, stop. Opposite you will see The Boat Inn (01926 812349). A very good pub which does meals.

Day 3.

Birdingbury Wharf

To

Newbold Village

Birdingbury Wharf

To

Napton Junction(Grand Union Canal)

to
Braunston Jct (Oxford & Grand Union Canal)

to
Hillmorton

to
Newbold (Oxford Canal)

 

 

4

 


6


5


6

 

 

2.5 hrs


2 hrs


2 hrs


2 hrs

 

 

3 locks

 

0 locks


3 locks

0 locks

Try to get away early from Birdingbury Wharf to give yourselves plenty of time for the return journey. First you need to turn the boat round and head back through Calcutt Locks and then turn left at Napton Junction. From here you continue on back to Braunston Junction.

You can stop for lunch here. The Mill House (01788 890450) is on the canal side, or you can walk up the hill into the village and try The Old Plough (01788 890000) in the High Street, or The Wheatsheaf (Bar snacks only) further along the road.

In the afternoon, having turned left at the junction, you need to head off along the North Oxford Canal towards Hillmorton The Old Royal Oak (01788 561401). From here it is a further 2 ˝ hours cruising and 3 locks back to Rugby Wharf. To make things a bit less frantic in the morning, we recommend that you now continue cruising on past the entrance to Rugby Wharf to Newbold Village. Go on through Newbold Tunnel and turn the boat at Falls Bridge. (Follow the instructions in the Boat manual; Go past the side bridge, then reverse under it and pole the bows around) Go back through the Newbold Tunnel and moor up on the right by The Barley Mow (01788 44174) and The Boat Inn (01788 – 576995).

Day 4.

Finish

Newbold
To
Rugby Wharf

 
45 mins.

0 locks

On Monday morning you will need to start at 8.15 am in order to return to Rugby Wharf by 09.00 am.
Please also bear in mind that you need to vacate the boat by 9.30 am.

Notes.

Pearson's South Midlands Guide.