#4. Stoke Bruerne to Berkhamsted, 7 nights

Double Cabin only available. To book this route, please fill out the booking form.

A relaxing scenic journey passing quaint canal-side settlements, abundant open countryside and time for a half day visit to Blectchley Park home of the WW2 Codebreakers. We cruise along some of the finest areas of the Central Grand Union Canal. We hope guests have taken time to visit the famous Canal Museum in Stoke Bruerne beforehand – it’s well worth the time.

Setting off from the centre of Stoke Bruerne village, we immediately descend the lock flight, taking us to open countryside. Then it’s on to Cosgrove, followed by the short iron aqueduct crossing the Great Ouse, before officially entering the city of Milton Keynes. On our lock-free circuit of the city, we see the old settlements of Wolverton, Great Linford, Simpson and Peartree Bridge, 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 to be created in the western world.

Scenery leaving Fenny Stratford

Fenny Stratford

At Fenny Stratford the swing bridge is unusually positioned between the two lock gates. Here we make a lengthy stop for a visit to Bletchley Park WW2 Codebreakers Centre.

It is normally busy around the Three Locks at Soulbury, otherwise we travel in peace to Linslade, close to the site of the 1963 Great Train Robbery.

We return to open countryside and see the start of the Chiltern Hills, also the shape of the Whipsnade Zoo Lion, cut into the chalk hillside of Dunstable Downs.

Entering Marsworth Locks

Before Marsworh Locks

Then on to Marsworth, a busy meeting point where the Aylesbury and Wendover Arms join the Grand Union and we climb the pretty Marsworth Flight. This is an area of abundant wildlife where the Tringford and Marsworth reservoirs serve to maintain water levels on the canal system.

We continue through the deeply wooded Tring Cutting and the oddly named Cowroast, then Northchurch, before arriving at historic Berkhamsted with the remains of the Norman Castle where William I received the offer of the English crown in 1066. Ensure you take time to visit the castle and the town.

The journey is 38 miles with 37 locks and 2 swing bridges; enough opportunities to help if you wish.

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

There are convenient railway stations at Northampton or Long Buckby (for Stoke Bruerne) and at Berkhamsted.

Double Cabin only available. To book this route, please fill out the booking form.

Hotel Boat Kailani