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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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