#26. Berkhamsted to Stoke Bruerne, 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 a visit to Blectchley Park WW2 Codebreakers Centre. Arriving at the famous Waterways Museum at the heart of the English canal network. In the main, we are cruising some of the finest areas of the Southern Grand Union Canal.

We depart the historic town of Berkhamsted with the remains of the Norman Castle where William I received the offer of the English crown in 1066. Ensure you make time to visit the town.

Lock at Cowroast

Cowroast Lock

We soon reach Northchurch and the oddly named Cowroast and pass through the deep and wooded Tring Cutting. Then on to Bulbourne and Marsworth, a busy meeting point where the Aylesbury and Wendover Arms join the Grand Union. This is an area of abundant wildlife where the Tringford and Marsworth reservoirs serve to maintain water levels on the canal system. We can pause to visit the College Lake Wildlife Centre, a fascinating nature reserve and arable centre.

Beyond continues the lovely scenery of the Chiltern Hills and the open countryside before reaching Linslade, close to the site of the 1963 Great Train Robbery. We soon return to 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. Here we make a lengthy stop for a visit to Bletchley Park WW2 Codebreakers Centre.

Around Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes area

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.

On our way to Cosgrove we cross 2 aqueducts, one 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.

The journey is 38 miles with 40 locks; enough opportunities to help if you wish.

Join us on Kailani at 2pm. Departure on your last day will be at 10am.

The closest railway stations are at Berkhamsted and Northampton (for Stoke Bruerne).  A taxi is required from Stoke Bruerne Waterways Museum to Northampton Station. We suggest Northampton Taxis tel 01604 330143, approx. cost £20 – £25.


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

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