Cruising routes

From Weedon, south takes you to Gayton (2 hrs approx) and the junction with the Northampton Arm which leads onto the River Nene at Northampton where you can cruise to Peterborough and the Wash. This also provides the link to the Middle Level navigations and the River Great Ouse/River Cam etc.

Continuing south on the main line takes you through Blisworth tunnel and on to Stoke Bruerne. This is the wide beam route to London with its network of Canals and the link to the tidal Thames at Brentford or through Paddington and Little Venice to Limehouse.

Heading north, an hour and a half cruise takes you to Whilton/Buckby locks. At the top of the locks the Leicester arm leads off north towards Crick, Welford and Foxton. At the bottom of the famous Foxton flight, a branch leads off to Market Harborough whilst the main canal continues on to Leicester and via the River Soar and Trent junction to the River Trent, with Nottingham to the east, the Erewash canal ahead, and the River Trent & Trent & Mersey canal heading west to Stoke on Trent and on through Middlewich to Preston Brook and beyond.

Continuing on the Grand Union main line at Buckby Wharf takes you through Braunston tunnel and the waterways Mecca of Braunston, where junctions lead south (and west) to Oxford (and the Thames), Warwick, Stratford upon Avon (and the River Avon) and Birmingham. The Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN) has more miles of canals than Venice! The North Oxford canal leads north from Braunston junction to Rugby and Coventry, and the Coventry canal branches into the city centre with the main canal continuing north to Fazely (and a branch off to Birmingham) arriving at Fradley junction, where it meets the Trent & Mersey canal.

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