GUC : Braunston to Long Itchington

A week after the previous walk I headed back to Braunston to continue the push towards completing this canal walk at the eventual destination of Birmingham.

After seeing the bridge number drop down to 1 last time, now the bridge numbers are in a different sequence as this walk starts off on what is effectively part of the Oxford Canal.

Looking back towards Braunston wharf at the start


Looking ahead, a boot is turning around using the entrance to the marina


Bridge no 1 at Braunston. Braunston village is to the left and upwards.


After bridge 1 comes… bridge 91 – this stretch is considered as part of the Oxford canal


Busy boating day


Bridges 93 and 94 are joined at Braunston turn


Handy hint – the GUC heads to Birmingham so we need to turn left here


Looking south west along the next stretch from atop bridges 93 and 94


Bridge 95 – heading away from Braunston towards Leamington Spa


Looking north up the Oxford canal .. perhaps to be tackled in the future


Better view of bridges 93 and 94 after heading away and looking back


The tow path is reasonable here – relatively flat though the main path is quite narrow


Bridge 97 – most of the bridges in this section don’t have names, just numbers


Bridge 98


Bridge 99 – note the lack of actual footpath – just grass


Fields of wheat – this stretch of canal is in open countryside


Bridge 100 – not sure it will carry much weight on top


Bridge 101 is more substantial


Bridge 102 – Flecknoe can be reached via this bridge


Bridge 103


Bridge 104 carries a minor road


Looking back at bridge 105 which is a simple footbridge


Bridge 106 is long gone so the next one encountered is bridge 107 which carries the A425


Bridge 108 – Nimrod bridge


Looking ahead from after Nimrod bridge – a few meanders before the next main turn


Napton junction – the canal boat is heading straight ahead which follows the Oxford canal past Naptop, whereas the GUC now turns right under bridge 17 (yes, a new numbering scheme!)


Top of Calcutt locks – there are 3 locks here


Calcutt Marina


Panorama of Ventnor Marina


Bridge 18 – Tomlow bridge


Bridge 19 the Daventry Road bridge


Bridge 20 – Gibraltar bridge


Bridge 21 – the Birdingbury Wharf bridge


Stockton top lock


looking down the flight of 8 locks at Stockton


Bridge 22 in the middle of Stockton locks


Bridge 23 – Blue Lias Road bridge


Bridge 24 – New bridge


Last lock before Long Itchington


End of the walk at bridge 25 – Cuttle bridge


Overall walk 10.3 miles.