GUC : Stoke Bruerne to Nether Heyford

First walk of the 2017 season starts with a 9 mile walk from the Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne and ends at Nether Heyford. Luckily the 86 bus got me from Northampton to the Canal Museum for the start of the walk and the D3 bus took me back to Northampton at the end. Neat!

Canal musesum at Stoke Bruerne - start of the walk

Canal musesum at Stoke Bruerne – start of the walk

 

Heading north from Stoke Bruerne

Heading north from Stoke Bruerne

 

Chipped rubber path leading from the canal museum to the entrance of the Blisworth tunnel

Chipped rubber path leading from the canal museum to the entrance of the Blisworth tunnel

 

Approaching the southern entrance to Blisworth tunnel, the canal path rises up to the right

Approaching the southern entrance to Blisworth tunnel, the canal path rises up to the right

 

Looking down on the entrance to the tunnel - notice no towpath in the tunnel

Looking down on the entrance to the tunnel – notice no towpath in the tunnel

 

The walking route is in woodlands above the tunnel

The walking route is in woodlands above the tunnel

 

Looking back at the point the walking path joins the road

Looking back at the point the walking path joins the road

 

The walking route now follows the road for just under 2 miles

The walking route now follows the road for just under 2 miles

 

Tower above an air shaft shows that the end of the walk along the roadway is approaching

Tower above an air shaft shows that the end of the walk along the roadway is approaching

 

Hard to believe there is a 1.8 mile tunnel with boats in it below this countryside

Hard to believe there is a 1.8 mile tunnel with boats in it below this countryside

 

Handy pointer to remind walkers to leave the road

Handy pointer to remind walkers to leave the road

 

The steep path down to the canal, alongside the northern entrance to Blissworth tunnel

The steep path down to the canal, alongside the northern entrance to Blissworth tunnel

 

Looking down on the northern entrance to Blissworth tunnel

Looking down on the northern entrance to Blissworth tunnel

 

Looking back to the northern entrance to Blissworth tunnel

Looking back to the northern entrance to Blissworth tunnel

 

Only 18 miles to Braunstone junction

Only 18 miles to Braunstone junction

 

Approaching Blissworth

Approaching Blissworth

 

Bridge 51 - Blissworth Mill Bridge

Bridge 51 – Blissworth Mill Bridge

 

Blissworth Marina

Blissworth Marina

 

Bridge 50 - Candle Bridge

Bridge 50 – Candle Bridge

 

Approaching bridge 49

Approaching bridge 49

 

Countryside north of Blissworth

Countryside north of Blissworth

 

Bridge 49 - Station Road bridge

Bridge 49 – Station Road bridge

 

Approaching Blissworth Marina

Approaching Blissworth Marina

 

Entrance to Blissworth Marina

Entrance to Blissworth Marina

 

The junction with the Northampton Arm, looking down and north from bridge 48 the Gayton Junction bridge

The junction with the Northampton Arm, looking down and north from bridge 48 the Gayton Junction bridge

 

Looking back towards bridge 48 - the Northampton arm is off to the left (heading north to Northampton)

Looking back towards bridge 48 – the Northampton arm is off to the left (heading north to Northampton)

 

Approaching Turnover Bridge (47) - note the walking path crosses sides here

Approaching Turnover Bridge (47) – note the walking path crosses sides here

 

Looking down and back from bridge 47 (Turnover bridge)

Looking down and back from bridge 47 (Turnover bridge)

 

Back into open countryside - the walking path is just a grassy area with a slightly worn track

Back into open countryside – the walking path is just a grassy area with a slightly worn track

 

Bridge 45 - Wrights Lane bridge

Bridge 45 – Wrights Lane bridge

 

Bridge 44 - Easts bridge

Bridge 44 – Easts bridge

 

Approaching bridge 43a - a pair of bridges, one over the canal, the other over the railway line

Approaching bridge 43a – a pair of bridges, one over the canal, the other over the railway line

 

Bridge 43 - one of the Banbury Lane bridges

Bridge 43 – one of the Banbury Lane bridges

 

Bridge 41 carries the walking route known as Midshires way

Bridge 41 carries the walking route known as Midshires way

 

Heading north from Bugbrooke

Heading north from Bugbrooke

 

Bridge 38

Bridge 38

 

Approaching Bugbrooke Wharf bridge (36)

Approaching Bugbrooke Wharf bridge (36)

 

The path is a bit better controlled here

The path is a bit better controlled here

 

Strange building in the distance near the end of the walk at Nether Heyford

Strange building in the distance near the end of the walk at Nether Heyford

 

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