#1. Braunston to Linslade, 7 nights

Unfortunately, this route is booked.

Through the Shire counties of Northampton, Buckingham and Bedford. A relaxing scenic journey passing quaint canal-side settlements and abundant open countryside.

This 6 night break has been created for relaxation, with some locks at which guests can help if they wish. In the main, we are cruising some of the finest areas of the Southern Grand Union Canal.

Leaving Braunston we ascend the 7 locks before transiting the historic Braunston Tunnel. Arriving at Norton junction we descend 7 locks of the Buckby flight, then it’s a lockless cruise through countryside to Blisworth. Another early morning start takes us through the Blisworth Tunnel which at 3057 yards, is the third longest on the canal system. We arrive at Stoke Bruerne.

Stoke Bruerne village

Stoke Bruerne village

We allow guests to take time to visit the famous canalside village and Waterways Museum at Stoke Bruerne, the heart of the English canal network. It is well worth the time.

Immediately passing down another 7 locks, we are soon in open countryside with lovely rural views.

After Yardley Wharf and Cosgrove, we cross 2 aqueducts, one being over the Great Ouse (but don’t look down!).

We see the old settlements of Wolverton, Great Linford, Peartree Bridge and Simpson whilst passing Milton Keynes, yet you would hardly know the major city exists. This is a lock-free section of about 11 miles.

The towing path in this area is excellent for walking and cycling, being gravel or tarmac.

Bridge at Cosgrove

Bridge at Cosgrove

We can call to see the majestic Buddhist Peace Pagoda near Willen Lake. Completed in 1980, it was the first in the western world. There is a Nipponzan-Myōhōji Order temple and monastery nearby.

At Fenny Stratford the swing bridge is unusually positioned between the two lock gates. Nearby is the famous WW2 Code-breaking facility at Bletchley Park.  Time to visit is included.

It is normally busy around the Three Locks at Soulbury, otherwise we travel in peace to our destination in Linslade.

The journey is 43 miles with 27 locks; enough opportunities to help if you wish.

Scenic and peaceful; probably the best summary of this popular 6-night break.

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

The closest railway stations are at Leighton Buzzard (for Linslade) and Long Buckby (for Braunston).  A taxi will be required from Long Buckby to Braunston .

Please refer to the Prices page for further information.

Unfortunately, this route is booked.

Hotel Boat Kailani