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Day

From/To

Miles

Time

Locks

Notes

Day 1.

Rugby Wharf
To
Braunston

Rugby Wharf

To
Braunston Junction (Oxford Canal

 

10

 

4 hrs

 

3 locks

Leave Rugby Wharf mid-afternoon and head for Braunston Junction, where there are plenty of moorings. The Mill House (01788 890450) is canal side, or The Old Plough (01788 890000) which does great food, is in the village. [Go up the road past the Church and it is on the left.]

Day 2.

Braunston

To

Stoke Breurne

Braunston

To

Norton Junction (Grand Union Canal

To

Weedon
To
Stoke Bruerne
(Grand Union Canal)

 

 

5

 

4


10

 

 

3 hrs

 

4 hrs


4 hrs

 

 

6 locks


7 lock


0 locks

Today you need to try to get away by 7.30 am to be at Braunston Locks (turn left at Braunston Junction) when they open at 8.00 am. (Opening times may vary.) These locks are swiftly followed by Braunston tunnel, which is over 2000 metres. In due course you will reach Norton Junction, where you need to head straight on down the Grand Union Canal through Buckby and its seven locks to Weedon. The Heart of England (01327 340335) is next to the towpath, but there are plenty of other pubs in the town. No more locks now for the 10 ½ miles to Stoke Bruerne, passing Nether Heyford and Bugbrooke. The Old Wharf Inn (01604 832585) is by bridge 36. At Gayton Junction there is a water point and rubbish disposal bins. Two miles past Gayton Junction is the entrance to Blisworth Tunnel (keep to the right when passing approaching boats). Finally you emerge into Stoke Bruerne itself. Moorings are on the left. The turning point (winding hole) is 100 metres from the tunnel, on the right. You must turn here if your boat is over 55 feet long unless you are prepared to go all the way down the Stoke Bruerne flight of seven locks! (that’s 14 locks there and back!) The Boat Inn (01604 863438) is by the top lock. The Navigation Inn (01604 864988) is off the towpath just below the top lock.

Day 3.

Stoke Bruerne
To
Weedon

Stoke Bruerne

To

Weedon
(Grand Union Canal

 


10

 

 


4hrs

 


0 locks

The Waterways Museum (01604 862229) is definitely worth a visit (you need to allow 2 hours including the shop). After lunch, start the return trip, aiming to get back to Weedon for your overnight stop. The Heart of England (01327 340335) is next to the towpath, but there are plenty of other pubs in the town.

Day 4.

Weedon

To

Clifton or Newbold

Weedon

To
Braunston Jct. (Grand Union Canal

To.
Hillmorton
(Oxford Canal)

To
Clifton

To
Newbold

 

9

 

5

 

1.5

2.5

 

6 hrs

 

2 hrs

 

1 hrs

1.5 hrs

 

13 locks


6 locks


3 locks

0 locks

Another early start today, (we suggest 7.30 am), ascending the seven Buckby Locks, then through Braunston Tunnel and down the six Braunston Locks to Braunston Junction. Pubs along the way include The New Inn (01327 842540) at Buckby Top Lock, The Admiral Nelson (01788 890075) by lock 3 on the Braunston flight, and The Millhouse (01788 890450) near the junction itself.

Turn right at Braunston Junction onto the North Oxford Canal and head back towards Hillmorton, where you will find the Old Royal Oak (01788 561401) at Hillmorton Wharf. This could be your overnight mooring but you will need to get going by an unearthly 6.30 am the next morning to make it back to Rugby Wharf for 9.00 am! 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; by going 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 5.

Finish

Return to Rugby Wharf

     

On the last morning you will need to start at 8.15 am in order to return to Rugby Wharf by 9.00 am.

Please also bear in mind that you need to vacate the boat by 9.30 am.