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Wonderful Waterways

Wonderful Waterways

Canals offer great days out, with waterside walking trails to follow, wildlife to spot, historic bridges and buildings to look out for, ducks and swans to feed , and brightly coloured boats to watch.


Overlooking the junction of the Oxford and Grand Union Canals, the village of Braunston thrived for more than 150 years on the canal trade.

Throughout the industrial revolution, goods being carried from the Midlands to London traversed its unique triangular junction featuring two bridges made at the Horseley Ironworks, the Staffordshire-based firm which is perhaps most famous for constructing the first iron steamer, The Aaron Manby, in 1821. The nearby Braunston Tunnel was opened in 1796 and is more than a mile long.

Although they are no longer used for carrying freight, the canals remain popular with pleasure boats and Braunston Marina is among the busiest on the network, making it a great place to watch narrowboats, take a walk in the country, and enjoy a meal at a country pub or café.

Choose from the Boat House, the Admiral Nelson or the Gongoozlers Café by the water, or head up into the village to visit the Old Plough or The Wheatsheaf Inn. Union Canal Carriers offers visitors the opportunity to hire a boat for the day here to enjoy a gentle chug through the countryside, either travelling north along the Oxford Canal to the village of Hillmorton and back, or south to Napton on the Hill.

The popular Braunston Historic Narrowboat Rally takes place each June and remembers the area’s working past.

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Crick Marina is home to the Crick Boat Show – the biggest show of its kind on the network which attracts tens of thousands of visitors to the area each Spring Bank Holiday weekend. Crick is on the Leicester Line of the Grand Union, which features a variety of historic bridges and the 1,528-yard Crick Tunnel, which was built in 1814.

Crick Boat Show

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Crick Marina

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Once busy with barges laden with limestone to be taken to nearby lime kilns, Welford Wharf is now a picture of rural tranquillity and a great place to take a country walk. There are a number of short and medium distance walks around Welford Reservoir, or visitors can pick up the Jurassic Way for a long distance adventure. Refreshments can be found at The Wharf Inn. Find out more:

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