Springtime on the GUC

14 April, 2014

Our new season is underway and we have 3 wonderful people on board enjoying the beautiful scenery and wildlife along the Grand Union.

Starting from Norton Junction on Monday afternoon, we headed down the Long Buckby flight of locks, where we moored for the night, luckily keeping dry as the weather was quite mixed.

Entering Soulbury Locks We awoke to lovely sunshine on Tuesday morning, although it was quite chilly. A short cruise and a stop at the Heart of the Shires, a shopping centre with a difference! Once back on board, we headed to Blisworth, awaiting our 8am passage through the Tunnel the next morning.

Setting off on Wednesday at 7.30am, we caught our breath with a real nip in the air, although it doesn’t stop the wildlife serenading us as we glide along. Caught sight of an old fox then a kingfisher as we approached the tunnel.

Was it wet? Yes! We haven’t  seen the tunnel as wet as this before. Everyone enjoyed the experience, despite the waterfalls!The Three Locks at Soulbury

Stoke Bruerne was a delight, as ever. Very busy with boats moored up to the tunnel entrance. Not sure why the Museum was closed today! Down to Cosgrove for the night. The shop at the Caravan Park still maintains a good stock of merchandise.

Thursday at 10am, we set off around Milton Keynes, where we called at the Peace Pagoda, then on to Fenny Stratford for the night.

Friday morning, guests went off the visit Bletchley Park, home of code-breaking in WW2. Everyone said this was fascinating and well worth the visit.

We then left Fenny Stratford and headed down to LInslade, passing through Stoke Hammond and the Soulbury 3 Locks. Again it was sunny and the herons and wildlife were in abundance. We moored at our favourite pub, The Globe Inn and took our guests for a pre-dinner drink.

Our guests departed Saturday morning, after a short journey to our final mooring in Linslade. All said there is no better way to spend 5 nights cruising the GUC in April.

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