AYLESBURY AND RETURN FROM GAYTON

 

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Gayton Marina




Aylesbury is a busy market town with a number of attractive squares in its centre. The Buckinghamshire County museum is here, which also houses the Roald Dahl Gallery.

Milton Keynes has a lot to offer , it is one of the major shopping areas around this area, and is great for the more adventurous ­You can toboggan on real snow in The Toboggan Zone, and go indoor sky­diving.

Blisworth Tunnel, at 3057 yards is the 3rd longest tunnel open to navigation in the UK

Stoke Bruerne is perhaps the best example of a canal village in the country, and the Blisworth stone built houses flank the canal. The warehouses and cottages along the wharf have become a canal centre.

Great Linford is a lovely village built in the traditional golden stone, it is a magnificent canal village with church, manor, farm and almshouses close to the canal

Route Info

Route Facts & Figures

Cruising Days : 7.00

Cruising Time : 46.00 hours

Total Distance : 88.00 miles

Number of Locks : 82

Number of Tunnels : 2

Number of Aqueducts : 0

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Cruising Notes

Day 1

From Gayton Marina turn right back onto the Northampton Arm of the Grand Union Canal, then left towards Aylesbury at Gayton Junction. Very soon you will come to Blisworth Tunnel, at 3057 yards it is the 3rd longest tunnel open to navigation in the UK. 2 boats can pass so keep to the right. Originally the boats were legged through when it opened in 1805, and you can see the leggers hut at the south end of the tunnel. Just before this is the village of Blisworth , where there is a shop and a pub, ­ The Royal Oak situated in the village.

Once through the Tunnel you come to the lovely Canal village of Stoke Bruerne, where there is a Canal museum which is worth a visit, and canal shops. There are also 2 lovely pubs and 2 restaurants in the village, so it is worth spending the 1st night here, as it is less than 2 hours from Gayton.

You can moor up just past the 1st lock. Stoke Bruerne is perhaps the best example of a canal village in the country, and the Blisworth stone built houses flank the canal. The warehouses and cottages along the wharf have become a canal centre. The canal museum is housed in a fine 200 year old stone warehouse and there are many exhibits detailing the 200 year old history of the canals, including a traditional narrowboat.

Day 2

Once leaving Stoke Bruerne you immediately encounter the rest of the Stoke Bruerne Locks­ 6 more to do. Stoke Park is 1⁄2 mile west of the canal at lock 20. Stoke Park house itself was destroyed by fire, but the pavilions & colonnade survived and are open to the public together with the gardens throughout August 3pm­-6pm. The canal then meanders through open landscape in its journey down to Milton Keynes, the village of Grafton Regis is about a mile walk from Bridge 57 and has a pub called the White Hart. The small thatch & stone village of Yardley Gobion is south west from bridge 60 , and has a stores, off licence, and pub called The Coffee pot.

The Navigation pub is canal side by Thrupp Wharf at bridge 64. At bridge 65 is the village of Cosgrove, there is a curious pedestrian tunnel under the canal, also a pub canal side called the Barley Mow with mooring(the pub is open all day). There is also a splendid stone canal bridge here, decorated in the Gothic style and built in about 1800.

There is one lock to negotiate near the Old Stratford Cut, you will then cross the River Ouse on an iron trunk aqueduct which is carried on stone pillars and was built in 1811. You now start to reach civilisation with the outskirts of Milton Keynes in sight. Great Linford is a lovely village built in the traditional golden stone, it is a magnificent canal village with church, manor, farm and almshouses close to the canal. From Great Linford you can get into Milton Keynes on a 15 minute bus journey.

Milton Keynes has a lot to offer , it is one of the major shopping areas around this area, and is great for the more adventurous ­You can toboggan on real snow in The Toboggan Zone, and go indoor sky­diving.

Behind the Giffard park pub by bridge 78 there is a late opening store and an off licence. Fenny Stratford is, about 2 hours cruising away, also on the outskirts of Milton Keynes but near a train station from where you can get into the city very easily. The lock is just short of Bridge 22 and a pub is just by the Bridge.

It is just under 8 hours cruising from Stoke Bruerne to Fenny Stratford.

Day 3

Leaving Milton Keynes behind you, the next leg takes you past Leighton Buzzard, a picturesque market town with 17th and 18th century houses and half timbered cottages, a 600 year old cross stands in the centre of the town. Bridge 114 is a good place for mooring, as there are some useful supermarkets to the north. There are also a couple of pubs off to your right.

There is now a quiet empty stretch of canal with just the occasional lock on your climb up towards the Chiltern hills. A good place to stop is at Marsworth Junction, which is just where the Aylesbury Arm begins and where you turn off right to continue to Aylesbury. The quiet scattered village of Marsworth is close by, as is the Marsworth Reservoir by Bridge 132, there are a couple of pubs nearby to bridge 132 at Startops End, or by bridge 130.

This stretch is 16 miles long and will take about 9 hours cruising, and there are 16 locks.

Day 4

You are now on the home run of 6 miles into Aylesbury which is just 5.5 hours away, dropping down slowly through 16 locks. Aylesbury basin itself is spacious and full of boats, there are visitor moorings and pubs nearby, and the town centre is about 3 minutes walk.
Aylesbury is a busy market town with a number of attractive squares in its centre. The Buckinghamshire County museum is here, which also houses the Roald Dahl Gallery.

The Buckinghamshire railway centre is 6 miles north of Aylesbury, ­ a large site with miniature and full size steam railway www.bucksrailcentre.org.uk . There is a bus from Aylesbury Bus station.

The Oak Farm rare Breeds park is 1⁄4 mile south of bridge 15, and has a variety of farm animals for small children to see, handle & feed, there is also a picnic and play area.

Waddesdon Manor is west of the town, and is an extraordinary French renaissance style chateau with sumptous contents and landscaped gardens created by the Rothschild family. By Bus: Bus service from Aylesbury: Arriva The Shires no 16/17.

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It is 23.75 hours back to Gayton marina from Aylesbury, about 8 hours cruising per day, or stop at the places you stopped at on the way.

 

NB: This route has been provided as a guide only. Information may become inaccurate or out of date. You should always check with the marina that the route is possible within your time frame, current weather conditions and canal stoppages etc.

Boats

The following boats operate on this route (subject to availability)

American Thrush (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Andean Goose (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Audouins Gull (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Bonellis Eagle (Sleeps a maximum of 7 People).

Capped Heron (Sleeps a maximum of 5 People).

Garden Warbler (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Grasshopper Warbler (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Kittiwake (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Long Eared Owl (Sleeps a maximum of 10 People).

Pied Billed Grebe (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Rock Thrush (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Slavonian Grebe (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Snow Bunting (Sleeps a maximum of 5 People).

Tundra Swan 2 (Sleeps a maximum of 12 People).

Whooper Swan (Sleeps a maximum of 12 People).

Everetts Blue 2 (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Imperial Amazon (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Mad as a Hatter (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Malvolio (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Portia (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Titania II (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Troutbeck Valley (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Savoy Hill (Sleeps a maximum of 7 People).

Maps and Guides

Pub Guide

Pubs available on this canal route:-

  Pub Name Pub Address Distance from Gayton More Info
The Walnut Tree 21 Station Road, Blisworth NN7 3DS 0.65 Miles Full Details
The Royal Oak 1 Chapel Lane, Blisworth NN7 3BU 1.17 Miles Full Details
The Boat Inn Stoke Bruerne NN12 7SB 3.65 Miles Full Details
The Navigation Bridge Road, Stoke Bruerne, Towcester NN12 7SY 3.78 Miles Full Details
The Navigation Inn Thrupp Wharf, Milton Keynes MK19 7BE 8.47 Miles Full Details
The Barley Mow The Stocks, Cosgrove, Milton Keynes MK19 7JD 9.13 Miles Full Details
The Galleon Old Wolverton Road, Milton Keynes MK12 5NL 10.20 Miles Full Details
The Black Horse Wolverton Road, Great Linford MK14 5AJ 11.22 Miles Full Details
The Nags Head 30 High Street, Great Linford MK14 5AX 11.63 Miles Full Details
The New Inn The New Inn New Bradwell, Milton Keynes MK13 0EN 11.14 Miles Full Details
The Barge Newport Road, Little Woolstone, Milton Keynes MK15 0AE 13.79 Miles Full Details
The Moon Under Water 10 Abebury Boulevard, Milton Keynes MK9 3NN 13.28 Miles Full Details
The Cross Keys Newport Road, Great Woolstone, Milton Keynes MK15 0AA 14.05 Miles Full Details
The Peartree Bridge Inn Waterside, Peartree Bridge, Milton Keynes MK6 3PE 14.58 Miles Full Details
The Plough At Simpson Simpson Road, Simpson, Milton Keynes MK6 3AH 15.58 Miles Full Details
The Chequers 48 Watling Street, Bletchley MK2 2BY 16.50 Miles Full Details
The Bell Hotel 40 Market Square, Aylesbury HP20 1TX 26.68 Miles Full Details
The Dairy Maid Dunsham Lane, Aylesbury HP20 2ER 26.01 Miles Full Details
The Dog House Inn Broughton Crossing, Aylesbury HP22 5AR 26.37 Miles Full Details
The Farmers Bar At The Kings Head Market Square, Aylesbury HP20 2RW 26.60 Miles Full Details
The Harrow 4 Cambridge Street, Aylesbury HP20 1RS 26.54 Miles Full Details
The Hop Pole Inn 83 Bicester Road, Aylesbury HP19 9AZ 26.15 Miles Full Details
The Rockwood 32 Kingsbury, Aylesbury HP20 2JE 26.51 Miles Full Details
The Broad Leys 8 Wendover Road, Aylesbury HP21 9LB 27.21 Miles Full Details
The Bugle Horn Oxford Road, Aylesbury HP17 8QP 27.38 Miles Full Details

NB: Distances are as the crow flies and will vary for actual canal boating travel distance.

 

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