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You can do this route from :
Gayton Marina

Heading north towards Market Harborough offers the perfect turning point of Crick, just after navigating the mile long Crick Tunnel.

A tranquil rural route through rolling Northamptonshire countryside. Pass through Weedon, well known for its antique shops and with a number of good pubs and negotiate the 4-lock staircase flight at the pretty village of Watford.

Route Info

Route Facts & Figures

Recommended Holiday
Duration : 3 nights.

Total Cruising Days : 4.00
(Partial or full days)

Total Cruising Time : 16.50 hours

Total Distance : 36.00 miles

Number of Locks : 28

Number of Tunnels : 2

Number of Aqueducts : 0

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Cruising Notes

Day 1

Head back down the Northampton Arm of the Grand Union to Gayton Junction.(Turn right out of the marina).
At Gayton Junction turn right down the Grand Union Canal. Soon you will pass the village of Bugbrooke, and the Wharf Inn is by bridge 36, or there is a couple of village pubs if you walk into the village.

You will probably want to move on & head for the village of Weedon which is just over 2 hours from Gayton & ideal for a 1st nights stop, there is a small aqueduct over a road as you approach the village. There are takeaways, stores & pubs in Weedon , you can moor up near the Church . The Heart of England pub by bridge 24 is a good family pub. Just before you get to Weedon is the Narrowboat Inn beside bridge 26, with canalside seating and mooring.

Day 2

A short while after leaving Weedon you will pass brockhall park on your right, (access from bridge 18). The Hall here is Tudor in part, and in the Victorian courtyard farm buildings has been established The Heart of the Shires Shopping Village. The Shopping village has about 25 widely ranging shops, including a tearoom, so is well worth a visit.

The canal continues through open landscape until you begin the climb up to the Norton Junction through a series of 7 locks called the Buckby locks.
The New Inn is canalside at Buckby Top Lock, with canalside seating and moorings.

It is 5 hours 20 minutes from Gayton marina to here, or 3 hours from Weedon to here.

At the Norton Junction turn right along the Leicester section of the Grand Union Canal, it meanders through the rolling fields until the Watford Locks are reached. South of bridge 6 is the Watford gap motorway services on the M1, 24 hour sustenance and provisions are provided. There is a Thai restaurant quite close to the canal here.
At the Watford Locks there are 2 locks followed by 4 staircase locks, where the top gate of one lock forms the bottom gate of the next lock etc. You will need to consult the friendly lock-keeper before using the Watford Locks which are open daily April-Oct 8am to 7pm and Nov-mid April 8am to 3pm. There is then 1 more lock and this will be all you have to negotiate before you get to the mile long Crick Tunnel. After passing through this you can moor up by bridge 12 and walk into the village or there is a restaurant and coffee house by the bridge- Edwards of Crick.

Crick is a large village with an off licence and stores, and 2 or 3 pubs.

From Weedon it is 6 and half cruising hours to here, so ideal for your 2nd nights stay.

Day 3
Day 4
On the 3rd day you can turn just after bridge 14 and negotiate the long Crick Tunnel again, back towards the Norton Junction and back to Gayton, which should take you about 8 .75 hours, or you can cruise for 7.75 hours back to Bugbrooke, and get up early on the day of your departure and cruise the remaining 1 hour back to Gayton to get there before 9.30am.


NB: This route has been provided as a guide only. Information may become inaccurate or out of date. You should always check with the marina that the route is possible within your time frame, current weather conditions and canal stoppages etc.


The following boats operate on this route (subject to availability)

1966 n all That (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Black Swan2 (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Rosemary (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Sawley Tempted (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

This England (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

American Thrush (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Audouins Gull (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Bonellis Eagle (Sleeps a maximum of 7 People).

Capped Heron (Sleeps a maximum of 5 People).

Garden Warbler (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Grasshopper Warbler (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Long Eared Owl (Sleeps a maximum of 10 People).

Pied Billed Grebe (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Rock Thrush (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Slavonian Grebe (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Snow Bunting (Sleeps a maximum of 5 People).

Tundra Swan (Sleeps a maximum of 12 People).

Everetts Blue 2 (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Imperial Amazon (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Mad as a Hatter (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Malvolio (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Portia (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Titania II (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Troutbeck Valley (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Savoy Hill (Sleeps a maximum of 7 People).

Maps and Guides

Pub Guide

Pubs available on this canal route:-

  Pub Name Pub Address Distance from Gayton More Info
The Queen Victoria 10 High Street, Gayton NN7 3HD 1.32 Miles Full Details
The Narrowboat Inn Watling Street, Stowe Hill, Weedon NN7 4RZ 5.52 Miles Full Details
Cross Road Hotel Weedon NN7 4PX 6.20 Miles Full Details
Heart Of England High Street, Weedon NN7 4QD 6.33 Miles Full Details
The New Inn Wantling Street, Buckby Wharf, Long Buckby NN6 7PW 9.64 Miles Full Details
The Boat House London Road, Daventry NN11 7HB 13.46 Miles Full Details
The Wheatsheaf 15 Main Road, Crick NN6 7TX 13.38 Miles Full Details
The George Watling Street, Kilsby CV23 8YE 14.32 Miles Full Details
The Bell Inn The Bell Inn High Street, Hillmorton CV21 4HD 16.18 Miles Full Details
The Bell Inn 2 Kilworth Road, Husband Bosworth LE17 6JZ 18.55 Miles Full Details
Foxton Locks Inn Bottom Lock, Gumley Road, Foxton LE16 7RA 21.29 Miles Full Details
The Horse And Jockey Grindley Brook, Whitchurch SY13 4QJ 92.34 Miles Full Details

NB: Distances are as the crow flies and will vary for actual canal boating travel distance.


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