#29. Linslade to Napton on the Hill, 7 nights

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Leaving Linslade we are soon in open countryside with lovely rural views. It is normally busy around the Three Locks at Soulbury, otherwise we travel in peace. At Fenny Stratford the swing bridge is unusually positioned between the two lock gates.

Stoke Bruerne

Stoke Bruerne Village

We stop here for guests to make a half-day visit to Bletchley Park, home of WW2 Codebreakers – a truly fascinating place.

We see the old settlements of Simpson, Peartree Bridge, Great Linford and Wolverton whilst passing Milton Keynes, yet you would hardly know the major city exists. This is a lock-free section of about 11 miles. We can call to see the majestic Buddhist Peace Pagoda near Willen Lake. Completed in 1980, it was the first in the western world.

Tunnel at Braunston

Braunston Tunnel

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 journeys end where we can visit the famous canalside village and Waterways Museum.

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 route and for a short time, the M1 motorway.

The next day it’s another early start to transit the Braunston Tunnel – not as long as Blisworth, but certainly not as straight!! Braunston 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 Oxford Canals.

The journey is 48 miles with 26 locks and 1 swing bridge. Be prepared to get involved.

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

The closest railway stations are at Leighton Buzzard and Long Buckby (for Napton).

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Hotel Boat Kailani