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Beeston to Anderton Lift and Return

Starting from Beeston, Cheshire

Active for a 7 night hire Relaxed for a 7 night hire

A truly versatile route through the pretty Cheshire countryside and some lock wheeling in Middlewich. Step back in time and go to the Anderton Boat Lift, one of the "7 Wonders of the Waterways", go down to the Weaver Navigation and back up. Both Anderton Nature Reserve and Marbury Park are great places to stretch your legs and get some birdwatching in. The Lion Saltworks Museum in Northwich is another highlight which is located right next to the towpath.

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Braunston to Warwick and Return

Starting from Braunston, Northamptonshire

Active for a 7 night hire Relaxed for a 14 night hire

This is another good option for a weekend break if you are keen on getting your hands on a bit more locks and want to visit famous Warwick Castle. Your cruise will take you through the pleasant, open countryside with a backdrop of hills until you reach Stockton Locks. These are double locks, where you can pair up with another boat and socialize on the way down the locks. The Boat Restaurant & Bar is a good place for a break and reward yourself after all the lockwheeling. The landscape changes quite a bit now, with the hills drawing in, with old quarries in between. There are quite a bit of locks now on the way to Leamington Spa, but with Long Itchington on the way, which boasts a total of 7 pubs, there are plenty of opportunities to fill up your energy levels. Leamington Spa is a good place to burn some energy, especially for the kids. There is a swimming pool, bowling alley and several parks to keep them entertained. For the grown ups, Jephson Gardens or The Pump House museum are good places to visit. Just before Hatton Bottom Lock it’s time to turn around. This is also the best spot to walk to famous Warwick Castle. Eventually, it’s time to turn around and retrace your steps back to the hire base in Braunston.

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Bradford on Avon to Bath and Return

Starting from Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire

Relaxed for a 3 night hire

This is a great route to explore the beautiful Avon Valley and get a first glimpse of the beauty that is the Kennet and Avon. Thickly wooded valleys, open views and 2 picturesque aqueducts make this route very versatile and light on locks - there is only 1 lock to work each way. Once in Bath, there is so much to see, such as the Royal Crescent, the Thermae Bath Spa and Abbey Tower.

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Leeds to Saltaire and Return

Starting from Leeds, Yorkshire

Active for a 4 night hire

A great option for a short break - especially for an active crew. The canal takes you out of Leeds city centre along the beautiful Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Industrial heritage, lots of greenery and a healthy amount of locks and swing bridges keep you busy on this cruise.

Culture, greenery, lots of canal interest and city life - this short break from Leeds to the World Heritage Site of Saltaire is a true gem. The journey begins and leads out of Leeds and past the magnificent remains of Kirkstall Abbey. Plenty of staircase locks keep the whole crew entertained until the canal reaches the village of Rodley. Pubs and a very interesting nature reserve provides a nice change from this picturesque journey. Thickly wooded hills straddle the waterway until it reaches the world-famous village of Saltaire. Back in Leeds, a night in Granary Wharf is another highlight of this versatile route that is sure to please the whole crew.

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Gilwern to Brecon and Return

Starting from Gilwern, Monmouthshire, South Wales

Active for a 3 night hire Relaxed for a 7 night hire

Starting at the hire base in the village of Gilwern you’ll leave the characteristic lime kilns of Llangatock behind and cross your first Aqueduct. You’ll cruise through pleasant Glanusk Park and find yourself among the Welsh hills and a thickly wooded area. Just after leaving the woods, you’ll reach the first of 5 locks. The lock flight has probably one of the most picturesque and idyllic settings in the U.K., located in the middle of the woods among the Welsh hills. Now, flat pastureland follows and you’ll have a pleasant and relaxing cruise through the Brecon Beacons. The remains of a castle in Pencelli and prehistoric remains around the settlement of Llanfrynach are only 2 of the highlights on the way to Brecon. After crossing another impressive Aqueduct, you’ll encounter your 6th and final lock before reaching Brecon. On the last mile, you’ll cruise your holiday boat high up on the hillside before entering the outskirts of Brecon and shortly arriving at Theatre Basin, the turning point for this journey.

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Devizes to Wootton Rivers and Return

Starting from Devizes, Wiltshire

Active for a 3 night hire Relaxed for a 4 night hire

No locks, gorgeous countryside and plenty of pubs - the perfect combination for a weekend cruise on the Kennet and Avon. This route takes you from Devizes Wharf out into the Wiltshire Wolds to Horton Bridge. If you fancy a first stop, there is a very convenient canalside pub, The Bridge Inn, to be found here. The canal carries on and soon the church tower of Bishop Canning comes into view. There is a footpath that leads from the swing bridge into the village. The canal now meanders through the delightful countryside - a truly relaxing experience without any locks. Honeystreet is the next highlight on this weekend break. A pub (The Barge Inn), boatyard, cafe (The Honeystreet Mill Cafe) and shop are situated at the canalfront here. After setting off from Honeystreet, it’s once again peaceful cruising among fields on one side and hills on the other until you reach a pretty wooded area and Stowell Park. Look out for the miniature suspension bridge that carries a footpath across the canal. Pewsey Wharf could be the next stop on your cruise. You have two options here - either pay the bar and bistro (The Waterfront) a visit or take a short walk down to the village of Pewsey. There are several pubs that are well worth a visit, including a haunted pub (The Golden Swan). Once you have replenished your energy levels, you can carry on with your canal journey. Soon you’ll reach the winding hole before Wootton

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Leeds to Wigan Pier and Return

Starting from Leeds, Yorkshire

Active for a 10 night hire Relaxed for a 14 night hire

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Braunston to Hawkesbury Junction and Return

Starting from Braunston, Northamptonshire

Active for a 3 night hire Relaxed for a 4 night hire

Rolling countryside, open views and plenty of walks are the characteristics of this splendid route from Braunston to Hawkesbury Junction. There are a few pubs within walking distance from the canal. This is a great route for everyone who would like to choose an option that is light on locks.

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Bradford on Avon to Caen Hill Locks and Return

Starting from Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire

Active for a 3 night hire Relaxed for a 4 night hire

This journey goes east from Bradford on Avon towards the Caen Hill Locks, one of the "7 Wonders of the Waterways". This route is great for everyone who wants to do a few locks and swing bridges and prefers a mostly rural route. The canal meanders through beautiful Wiltshire countryside and leads you all the way to the bottom of Caen Hill Locks. From here, you can take a nice stroll up the locks and perhaps have a cup of tea at the Caen Hill Cafe. Now it's time to turn the other way and retrace the journey back to Bradford on Avon.

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Bradford on Avon to Honeystreet and Return

Starting from Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire

Active for a 7 night hire Relaxed for a 10 night hire

A great option for everyone who has a bit more time and wants to tackle the famous Caen Hill Locks. The route to the locks is mostly rural and includes a few locks and swing bridges, accompanied by gorgeous open countryside. Once arrived, it takes a few hours to work through the 29 locks and moor up at the top. The Caen Hill Cafe provides a welcome break and is located just next to the locks. The canal now meanders through the delightful countryside without any locks on the way. Honeystreet is soon reached. A pub, boatyard, cafe and shop are situated right at the canalfront. This marks the turning point for this route.

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Grand Union South from Leighton Buzzard and Return

Starting from Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

Active for a 7 night hire Relaxed for a 10 night hire

Head South from the hire base in Leighton Buzzard through the beautiful Chiltern hills until you reach the pretty settlement of Marsworth. Can you spy the lion cut in the chalk at Whipsnade hill? Nature lovers will enjoy a stopover at one of the reservoirs at Marworth, which have been turned into Nature reserves. Don’t forget your binoculars and try to spot Herons, Swans, Dunlins and Common Sandpipers. Once you are ready to carry on, you need to work your way through the 7 Bulbourne locks. Now you cruise along a 3-mile cutting which is usually teeming with Kingfishers, so don’t put your binoculars away just yet. The canal starts to descend towards London now and passes pretty villages and even prettier countryside until you reach Cassiobury Park, which is also the turning point for your canal journey this time.

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Cheshire Ring Starting in Beeston

Starting from Beeston, Cheshire

Active for a 7 night hire Relaxed for a 14 night hire

Beautiful countryside, impressive industrial heritage and exciting city life: the Cheshire Ring combines all of these into one holiday. Experience the Anderton Boat Lift, explore the thriving wildlife at the Anderton Nature Reserve and cruise along the hills of the Peak District National Park.

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Beeston to Llangollen and Return

Starting from Beeston, Cheshire

Active for a 7 night hire Relaxed for a 14 night hire

One of the most popular routes, the journey from the hire base to Llangollen and back, could be done in one week by an active crew or enjoyed over 2 weeks for more relaxed cruising. There are 26 locks each way. Highlights along the way are the Grindley Brook staircase locks at Whitchurch and Whixall Moss. The latter is a designated SSSI and provides several trails that cross this raised bog. Ellesmere, with its several meres, is soon reached. After passing through Whitehouse Tunnel, you’ll soon reach another highlight of your narrowboat holiday: the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. The aqueduct is truly one of a kind: 1001 ft long, 126 ft high, - no handrail on one site. At times, it feels like you are floating in the air. You’ll catch your first glimpse of the Welsh hills, a truly spectacular sight. Now you have time to take in the Welsh landscape and just enjoy your cruise until you reach Llangollen.

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Beeston to Chester and Return

Starting from Beeston, Cheshire

Active for a 3 night hire Relaxed for a 4 night hire

Step back in time and visit the ancient Roman city of Chester by boat. Take a walk and see the impressive remains of Beeston Castle, experience the new Chester Market and take a stroll along the city walls.

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Leighton Buzzard to Stoke Bruerne and Return

Starting from Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

Relaxed for a 3 night hire

Your journey leads you through the valley of the Ouzel with its picturesque hills and open countryside. The surrounding countryside is very pleasant, soon you will reach the outskirts of Milton Keynes. Once you have passed through the city and it’s urban surroundings you’ll cross the Great Ouse Aqueduct and pass through Cosgrove lock. Once you have reached the bottom of the Stoke Bruerne locks, you can moor up and walk up to the Canal Museum which is a great place to explore the past of the canals. If you want to stretch your legs after all the cruising, there are a number of footpaths that lead away from the Museum, which are well worth exploring.

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Braunston to Fenny Compton And Return

Starting from Braunston, Northamptonshire

Active for a 7 night hire Relaxed for a 14 night hire

This route is perfect for a weekend break and eases beginners into the handling of a narrowboat. From the hire base in Braunston, you have a gentle, 3 hour lockfree cruise until you reach Napton locks. There are 9 locks in total, but the effort is rewarded with the “Folly Inn”, where you can replenish your energy levels before you head on towards Fenny Compton. There are no more locks, only pleasant countryside. The South Oxford Canal meanders gently through the peaceful surroundings before you reach the “The Wharf Inn”, another excellent pub and also the turning point for this journey. It’s also an excellent spot to moor up for the night and head back towards Napton Locks and Braunston.

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Leicester ring from Braunston

Starting from Braunston, Northamptonshire

Active for a 7 night hire Relaxed for a 14 night hire

This is the ultimate cruise along the beautiful South Oxford Canal down to the City of Oxford. There are plenty of locks that keep you entertained and the stunning vistas over the rolling landscape of Oxfordshire.

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Four Counties Ring Starting in Beeston

Starting from Beeston, Cheshire

Active for a 7 night hire Relaxed for a 14 night hire

Tranquil countryside, quirky villages and impressive industrial heritage - the Four Counties Ring is a great way to experience Cheshire, Derbyshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire within a couple of weeks. Potteries, Alton Towers and plenty of locks keep this cruise interesting while enjoying the slow life of the British canals.

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Leighton Buzzard to Braunston and Return

Starting from Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

Active for a 7 night hire Relaxed for a 10 night hire

Travel north along the Ouzel Valley through the parks of Milton Keynes and over the Aqueducts at Wolverton Cosgrove and then on to the picturesque Northamptonshire village of Stoke Bruerne. Take your boat up through the flight of seven locks and on through the nearly two mile long Blisworth Tunnel and on to Gayton Junction...

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Braunston to Oxford and return

Starting from Braunston, Northamptonshire

Active for a 7 night hire Relaxed for a 14 night hire

This is the ultimate cruise along the beautiful South Oxford Canal down to the City of Oxford. There are plenty of locks that keep you entertained and the stunning vistas over the rolling landscape of Oxfordshire. Open pasture, the meandering course of the Canal - the perfect ingredients for a peaceful narrowboat holiday. There are plenty of pubs along the way - just in case your energy levels need to be topped up. At Napton, just ¼ mile from bridge 113, is a very interesting cidery, Napton cidery. Juices, apple brandy, cider and cider vinegar can all be tried and purchased here. The canal is rather twisty from now on, which makes this stretch of canal never dull. At Fenny Compton, the 'Wharf Inn' can be found, which is the perfect place for a lunch break. If you look closely, you can see red-brick stabling, once used for boat horses, can be spotted near the second lock at Claydon. The cruise down to Oxford continues to be among either open farmland or thickly wooded areas. It seldom gets urban, but pubs are found to be at nearly every corner. That’s probably why many people never make it to Oxford, but turn at Lower Heyford instead. Between here and Oxford the canal is once again rural and pleasant, sometimes you could forget that this waterway was originally built for commercial purposes. Soon, you’ll reach the City of Oxford.

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Leighton Buzzard to London and Return

Starting from Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

Active for a 10 night hire Relaxed for a 14 night hire

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Leighton Buzzard to Aylesbury Arm and Return

Starting from Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

Active for a 7 night hire Relaxed for a 14 night hire

Once you are ready to leave the hire base, turn South on the Grand Union Canal and head towards your first lock, Grove Lock. There is a great number of locks to be tackled on this short stretch of waterway, so this is your first opportunity to get used to the procedure. The canal winds through open countryside, which appears quite empty and isolated at times, but gives a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of Leighton Buzzard. The locks are well spaced out here and most of them have a nice, picturesque setting.

Once you have reached Marsworth, turn right and enter the Aylesbury arm. While you are here, you should definitely pay the Marsworth Reservoir a visit. It doesn’t only supply the Grand Union Canal with water, but is also a great nature reserve. Especially in the evenings a stroll around the nature reserve is perfect for spotting the abundant wildlife, including a variety of birds, here. It’s time to carry on along the Aylesbury arm now. You’ll find a number of narrow locks here. These are only a little bit wider than your boat, in contrast to the wide locks you have encountered on the Grand Union Canal so far. However, you’ll soon get used to the limited space and slowly but steadily approach the turning point of your short break on the Grand Union Canal. The Aylesbury Arm is very much remote for most of its length until it reaches the outskirts of Aylesbury itself. There are nice moorings at Aylesbury Basin, with the town center only a 3 minute walk away. The basin is a perfect place to stay for the night and give you plenty of opportunity to have a meal and perhaps a drink before you head back towards the hire base in Leighton Buzzard.

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Leeds to Ripon and Return

Starting from Leeds, Yorkshire

Active for a 10 night hire Relaxed for a 14 night hire

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Leeds to Sheffield and Return

Starting from Leeds, Yorkshire

Active for a 10 night hire Relaxed for a 14 night hire

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Leeds Horbury Bridge and Return

Starting from Leeds, Yorkshire

Relaxed for a 3 night hire

Another great option for a short break. A versatile cruise with a lock light river section and several electric locks, which takes a big chunk of the lockwheeling off your shoulders. You’ll leave the bustling centre of Leeds and cruise along the Aire and Calder Navigation towards Castlefield Junction. On the way, nature lovers will thoroughly enjoy the old coal mines, now turned into a thriving nature reserve. At Castlefield Junction, turn right onto the Wakefield branch.Soon, you’ll reach the turning point of your cruise, Horbury Bridge. There are plenty of pubs along the way to replenish your energy levels until you are back in Leeds once again.

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Leeds to Skipton and Return

Starting from Leeds, Yorkshire

Active for a 7 night hire Relaxed for a 14 night hire

A classic route around the Pennines. Once you have left the city centre, you’ll soon forget that you are cruising through an urban area. Look out for the remains of Kirkstall Abbey on your way out of Leeds. There are quite a few swing bridges and locks on this section of your cruise - so it never gets boring. After passing the impressive mills in Bingley, a couple of staircase locks await you, one of them the famous Bingley Five-Rise Locks. After tackling these, you’ll be rewarded with a sweeping view over the river valley. From here until Skipton are no more locks to tackle, which makes for a very relaxing cruise although a few swing bridges sprinkle in a bit of a workout every now and then. Soon, you’ll reach the bustling town of Skipton, which is also your turning point on this canal journey.

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Beeston to Ellesmere and Return

Starting from Beeston, Cheshire

Active for a 7 night hire Relaxed for a 14 night hire

Experience the famed Llangollen Canal on a relaxed journey to the picturesque market town of Ellesmere. Enjoy the beautiful meres around Ellesmere, tackle the Grindley Brook Staircase Locks and explore the expansive Whixall Moss Nature Reserve. Don't forget your binoculars, there is plenty of wildlife to be seen, either from the Mammoth Tower or the birdhide at Charles Sinker Fields. The quaint village of Wrenbury is also a great place to stop and visit one of the popular pubs.

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Gilwern to Pontypool and Return

Starting from Gilwern, Monmouthshire, South Wales

Active for a 3 night hire Relaxed for a 7 night hire

A cruise down to Pontypool is the perfect beginner’s itinerary. If you rather not do any lock wheeling on your canal holiday, then this might be the route of choice for you. Instead of lots of locks, the canal boasts many horseshoe bends to wind itself around the hills and almost always crosses an aqueduct. At times noisily tumbling streams and rivers underneath make a scenic sight. The more you progress along the canal, the steeper and more impressive the hills get. There are many visible remains of the mining industry from the past, which make for a very interesting excursion on foot. You’ll cross through a wooded area and shortly reach the crossing of the River Usk. A walk under the canal through the tunnel in Govilon makes a nice change to your holiday on the canal. The scenery changes between open pastureland, wooded areas and steep hills and making this cruise down to Pontypool a very exciting and pleasant one. There are many opportunities for walks in the surrounding countryside and although there are sections without any towns and villages, in sight, a traditional pub or restaurant is almost always only a short walk away. Once you have reached the town of Pontypool, it’s time to turn around and retrace your journey back to the hire base in Gilwern.

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Braunston to Welford and Return

Starting from Braunston, Northamptonshire

Active for a 7 night hire Relaxed for a 14 night hire

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Warwick Ring From Braunston

Starting from Braunston, Northamptonshire

Active for a 7 night hire Relaxed for a 14 night hire

This is the ultimate cruise along the beautiful South Oxford Canal down to the City of Oxford. There are plenty of locks that keep you entertained and the stunning vistas over the rolling landscape of Oxfordshire.

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Leeds to Hebden Bridge and Return

Starting from Leeds, Yorkshire

Active for a 10 night hire Relaxed for a 14 night hire

First, you’ll leave the bustling city centre of Leeds, where the Leeds and Liverpool canal turns into the Aire and Calder Navigation. Continue until Castleford Junction and turn right onto the Calder and Hebble Navigation. Soon you’ll reach Sowerby Bridge with its impressive Transshipment basins and Canal Warehouses. A climb up Wainhouse Tower with its 400 steps is rewarded with great views over the town and the surrounding hills. Once you have left Sowerby Bridge, the navigation turns into the Rochdale Canal. It’s a very pleasant cruise through open countryside, with only a few villages, pubs and plenty of wildlife on the way. After 5 miles, you’ll reach the turning point for your journey, Hebden Bridge. The town is renowned for its creative residents and, of course, pubs.

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End to End on The Mon & Brec - See it all

Starting from Gilwern, Monmouthshire, South Wales

Active for a 7 night hire Relaxed for a 14 night hire

If you want to experience the whole of the Mon and Brec Canal in one narrowboat holiday, this route is the perfect option for you. Starting at the hire base in Gilwern, it’s a good idea to begin your journey down towards Pontypool. Due to the lack of locks on this stretch of canal, this is the perfect warm-up for your holiday cruise. Tumbling streams, historic remains of the mining industry and great walks away from the towpath make for a holiday that never gets boring. Once you arrive in Pontypool, you turn around and retrace your steps back towards Gilwern, where you pass the hire base and start your second leg of the journey to Brecon. There are 6 locks in total, 5 of which are a flight, set in a very idyllic woodland. The remains of an old castle in Pencelli and of course the area around Llanrynach with its vast amount of prehistoric remains are only 2 of the many highlights on the way to Brecon. In Talybont, you can take a stroll along the disused tramway line to Talybont reservoir, where you can watch the rich wildlife and have a pleasant time in the Welsh countryside. In Brecon, you can moor up in Theatre Basin, which is the perfect base for exploring Brecon. Now it’s time to start your journey back to the hire base in Gilwern.

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Braunston to Stoke Bruerne and Return

Starting from Braunston, Northamptonshire

Relaxed for a 3 night hire

A very varied trip with lots to see and do

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Ellesmere Port and Return

Starting from Beeston, Cheshire

Active for a 7 night hire Relaxed for a 10 night hire

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Leighton Buzzard to Blisworth Tunnel and Return

Starting from Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

Relaxed for a 4 night hire

Take in the interesting Stoke Bruerne canal museum and go up the additional 7 locks to reach the 2-mile long Blisworth Tunnel. Once on the other side, the picturesque village of Blisworth is well worth a visit before this route reaches its turning point at Gayton Junction.

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