Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Stoke Bruerne to Bugbrooke

Early start to go through Blisworth tunnel as we wanted to get ahead of two working boats to avoid the fumes, even though you can pass in the tunnel we were lucky not to have to pass anyone. It took us 35 minutes to get through to Blisworth, not too bad for the third longest tunnel. We stopped off at Gayton Marina as we were booked in for our engine to be serviced, they are based on the Northampton arm so we had a short cruise then on to the winding hole just before the locks before heading back onto the Grand Union. We would have liked to have gone onto the River Nene but the water levels are so low on the lock chambers it wasn’t advisable.

001 Coming into Stoke Bruerne heading for the tunnel

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Serenity entering Blisworth tunnel

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Looking back at the Northern portal

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Depot of the Grand Union Canal Carrying Company, now converted to housing

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Sharp right to the Northampton Arm

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Banbury Lane Bridge, typical three storey building for the GU

2 comments:

Ali said...

Hi

Missed you by a day! Was at Stoke Bruerne on Monday, went with my family to the farm and then went for a walk along the canal and took my great neice on the trip boat, she is only 20 months and keeps telling everyone it was dark! It goes into the tunnel and turns off the lights - hence the dark! Thought I might see you but knew it was a slim chance but I knew you were in the area, oh well next time!

Ali

Karen (nb Serenity) said...

What a shame we missed you. We should have been there on the Monday, but decided to spend an extra day in Cosgrove. Next time !!!