Grand Union North

One Week Cruises

Braunston - 7 nights
Travel north along the Ouzel Valley through the parks of Milton Keynes and over the Aqueducts at Wolverton Cosgrove and then on to the picturesque Northamptonshire village of Stoke Bruerne. Take your boat up through the flight of seven locks and on through the nearly two mile long Blisworth Tunnel and on to Gayton Junction.

Continue on through Northamptonshire and its attractive stone villages to Weedon, reputed to be the centre of England. Then on to Braunston junction where the Oxford to Coventry Canal crosses the London to Birmingham Grand Union Canal.

Braunston village grew up around the canal and became well known for the building of wooden narrowboats. The church steeple can be seen for miles around. This cruise gives the perfect introduction for a week's canal cruising.

Hours cruising each way to:
Braunston Junction: 21 hrs*
46 miles, 27 locks, 2 aqueducts, 2 tunnels.

Northampton - 7 nights
Cruise as for above to Gayton Junction then turn right. In about half a mile you will reach the top of the 17 narrow locks on the Northampton Arm, that descend down to the River Nene at Northampton.

Boats up to 65' can turn above lock 17, longer boats can go through the lock and turn on the river below. Moorings are available on the river front to explore the town.

Hours cruising each way to:
Northampton: 18 hrs*
35 miles, 14 wide locks, 17 narrow locks, 2 aqueducts, 1 tunnel.

*These are approximate hours and do not account for possible delays.

3-4 Day Cruise Map

The Boat Inn Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum The Buckingham Arm Gulliver's Land The Globe Inn Woburn Safari The Aylesbury Arm The Wendover Arm Tring Reservoirs Whipsnade Zoo


Aqueduct - Aqueduct
Marina - Marina
Pub - Pubs serving meals. Most with moorings and children's play area    
Places of Interest - Places of Interest (Click for more information)