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Three or Four Day Cruises North


Watford Staircase


from Leighton Buzzard Travel north along the Ouzel Valley


Braunston Tunnel


Norton Junction


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through the parks of Milton Keynes and over the Aqueduct at Cosgrove and onto the picturesque Northamptonshire village of Stoke Bruerne.


Moor at the bottom of the Stoke Bruerne GAYTON


Gayton Junction


Rothersthorpe Lock Flight


locks and enjoy a short walk up the locks to the famous canal village with its shops, pubs, restaurants and Waterways Museum.


For the more energetic take your boat up


Blisworth Tunnel


South from


Leighton Buzzard Head south towards the beautiful village of


Marsworth keeping an eye out for the lion cut in the chalk on the side of Whipsnade hill.


The reservoirs at Marsworth, which were


built to supply water to the canal summit, are now also used as extensive nature reserves. Wildlife is in abundance and it is very rewarding to have an afternoon or evening’s stroll around the lakes and to study the bird life.


At Marsworth either cruise on for Berkhamsted or turn right for Aylesbury.


Berkhamsted From Marsworth travel up the seven locks to


Bulbourne. The canal then enters a three mile cutting past Tring Station to Cowroast. Be on special alert as kingfishers are often spotted in the cutting.


At Cowroast the canal starts its descent to


London, passing through Berkhamsted close to the old castle, outdoor swimming pool and leisure parks.


Aylesbury Arm This canal runs from Marsworth to


Aylesbury and is just 6 miles long with 16 narrow locks, only inches wider than your boat. Aylesbury has a small basin with visitor moorings close to the market town centre.


Wendover Arm The first 1.5 miles of this canal is now


open from Bulbourne to Tringford pumping station where water is pumped from the canal reservoirs into the canal. It is a narrow canal that meanders past Heygates Mill, terminating at the newly made winding hole at Little Tring.


Hours Cruising each way to :


North Bottom of Stoke Bruerne: 10 hrs. (Ideal for a weekend cruise)


Gayton Junction: 13 hrs. (Ideal for a midweek cruise)


South Aylesbury: 10 hrs. Berkhamsted: 10 hrs. Little Tring: 8 hrs.


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Whipsnade Wild Animal Park


AYLESBURY TRING


Cowroast Top Lock


Castle (Ruins)


HEMEL HEMPSTEAD


Marsworth Junction


Great Ouse Aqueduct


OLD STRATFORD


MILTON KEYNES


Fenny Stratford Lock


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This is an ideal mini-break cruise for the novice with plenty of entertainment for your children, some locks, two aqueducts and many good pubs and restaurants.


Woburn Abbey


Canal Museum


the flight of seven locks and on through the nearly 2 mile long Blisworth tunnel, through Blisworth village and on to Gayton Junction.


You can turn all our boats below and above


the locks at Stoke Bruerne and at Gayton Junction.


Wyvern Shipping


Gauge Railway Narrow WYVERN SHIPPING


KEY Aquaduct Marina


Pubs serving meals. Most with moorings and childrens play area.


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Entertainment Guide All boats carry a local entertainment


manual which lists many local facilities and attractions between Watford and Braunston.


The manual also includes details of canal-


side pubs (including phone numbers), shops, swimming pools and churches as well as many leaflets on local amenities.


Also listed are fresh water taps, turning places and refuse disposal points.


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