Canal and River Circuit

70¾ miles

The Grand Union Canal is the backbone of this route with its towpath
taking you past locks, canal-side pubs, over the Blisworth Tunnel and into bustling Stoke Bruerne with its canal museum and other attractions.
The River Nene is carefully managed by the Wildlife Trust offering a haven for wildlife as well as a natural barrier to Northampton's urban sprawl. The trail passes through Salcey Forest - popular with families, Castle Ashby with its gardens and rural shopping village and the medieval village at Old Wolverton. The old Roman town of Lactodorum, now known at Towcester, offers much to see including the racecourse.

Blisworth Tunnel (Blisworth end)

Completed over 200 years ago, at 3076 yards long it is the longest self-navigable canal tunnel in regular use on Britain's inland waterways. It is wide enough to allow two narrowboats to pass.

Church Path Oak, Salcey Forest

William Henry, the 6th Duke of Grafton, rested under this tree on his way to Piddington Church.

Iron Trunk Aqueduct, Cosgrove

Constructed in 1811, the aqueduct carries the Grand Union Canal over the River Great Ouse.


Stoke Bruerne

The video below looks at this very pretty village with the canal running up its high street and the historical Blisworth Tunnel.