GUC : Northampton branch

A return to the Grand Union to finish off one small section that remains after completing the full length of London to Birmingham – the Northampton branch.

This is a fairly short 4.5 mile section from Gayton Junction to the junction with the river Nene in Northampton. Mixed weather on the day – mostly sunny but quick spell of drizzle at the end.

Bridge 48 on the main line – I passed here some time ago on a previous walk, but kelp heading along the main line.

 

Standing on bridge 48, looking northwards into the Northampton branch

 

Looking westwards along the main line, at Gayton junction

 

Bridge no 2 – Arm End Bridge

 

Passing a marina

 

Maintenance on a boat

 

Approaching the corner towards bridge no 3

 

Bridge no 3 – Sandlanding bridge

 

Winding hole just above Rothersthorpe Top Lock

 

Lock no 1 – Rothersthorpe Top Lock

 

Single gate at the top, double at the bottom

 

Bridge 4 – unnamed

 

Looking down the flight of locks

 

Drawbridge 5 – Robinson’s bridge – this one fixed in the open position

 

Wire sculpturework

 

Drawbridge 6 – Allcott’s bridge

 

Bridge 6A – slip road bridge

 

Looking back underneath bridge 6A to the bottom of the lock flight

 

Bridge 6B – substantial bridge carrying the M1

 

Lock 13 – Rothersthorpe bottom lock

 

Aqueduct

 

Lock 14 – Wootton lock

 

Fancy paneling on bridge 9A

 

Bridge 13 – Blackwood Hodge bridge

 

The tower of the national abseil centre

 

Bridge 14 – unnamed

 

Lock 16 and bridge 15 – railway bridge

 

Nearing the end – note the rubber and gravel pathway – very easy on the feet!

 

Bridge 17 – carries the A5123 Towcester road

 

New apartments by the side of the towpath

 

End of the walk – winding hole next to lock 17 – Northampton Lock, where the canal joins the River Nene

 

Commemorative seat. Beer optional.

Go to Top