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




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.