The Grand Union Canal is one of Britain's longest canals and links London to Birmingham passing through rolling countryside, industrious towns and peaceful villages of Northamptonshire. The Northampton Arm was opened in 1815 and linked The Grand Central Canal at Gayton Junction, via the River Nene. Northampton is the county town of Northamptonshire, known as the county of 'squires and spires'. The town is rich in history and as you would expect there are a good number of fine buildings and sites of historical and cultural interest. Our canal boating base in Northamptonshire is in the very pretty village of Gayton, close to the Northampton arm of The Grand Union Canal.
No canal boating holiday would be complete without a visit to Stoke Bruerne, located in the heart of rural Northamptonshire the village is a wonderful and busy canal centre. Visit The Canal Museum, which is in the heart of the village and is housed in a historic corn mill. At over 2 miles long the Blisworth Tunnel is the third-longest navigable canal tunnel on the UK canal network. Braunston has always been a focal point on the canal network and this hill top village thrived for over 150 years on the canal trade. Braunston boasts the busiest flight of locks in the country and The Stop House. This historic canal feature is where tolls were collected by the Grand Junction, now Grand Union, Canal Company from the passing narrow boats. Many former boating families have links to Braunston and All Saints Church in the village is known locally as The Boater's Cathedral as many boatmen and women are buried in the specially reserved graveyard. Crick is a village set in the pleasantly rolling countryside of Northamptonshire and is famous for it's Boat Show which is held annually. Crick canal tunnel, which was opened in 1814, is close to the south-east of the village and is 1,528 yards long
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