#30. Wolverton to Napton on the Hill, 5 nights

Unfortunately, this route is booked.

This is a scenic rural cruise, including the 2 tunnels of Blisworth and Braunston.

On our way to Cosgrove we cross 2 aqueducts, the second being over the Great Ouse (but don’t look down!). Beyond Yardley Wharf it is a short step to a flight of locks leading us to Stoke Bruerne and the famous canalside village and Waterways Museum.

Lock at Cosgrove

View of Cosgrove Lock

Our departure from Stoke Bruerne is timed for our early morning transit of the Blisworth Tunnel, the third longest on the English canal system. After the village of Blisworth, we begin to follow the route of the Midland Main Line railway and for a short time, the M1 motorway. We make a stop to visit the nearby Heart of the Shires Shopping Village, set in a courtyard of farm buildings with interesting retail opportunities, tea room and antiques.

Bugbrooke

Near Bugbrooke on the Grand Union Canal

The next day it’s another early start to transit the Braunston Tunnel – not as long as Blisworth, but certainly not as straight!! Braunston village itself is worth a wander, then it’s a 5 mile lockless stretch to journeys end at Napton, the junction of the Grand Union and South Oxford Canals.

The journey is 31 miles with 21 locks; with opportunities to help if you wish.

Join us on Kailani at 2pm and we set off at 3pm. Departure on your last day will be at 10am.

The closest railway stations are at Wolverton and Long Buckby.

 

 

Unfortunately, this route is booked.

Hotel Boat Kailani