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The entrance to Blisworth Tunnel

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Gongoozling at Stoke Bruerne

Stoke Bruerne is a famous canalside village. It has a great pub called the Boat Inn, the canal museum, the entrance to Blisworth Tunnel nearby and best of all, when the hire boaters are out and about, it has great … Continue reading

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Great Linford to Stoke Bruerne

Took an early morning walk around Great Linford, a lovely village at the north east of Milton Keynes. There’s an 18th century manor, a 14th century church, parkland and ponds, and an attractive arts centre and thatched pub. When I … Continue reading

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Nicholson guides

The Nicholson guides are absolutely invaluable to boaters. The one for the Grand Union Canal is always open on the dashboard while I’m driving. They show the route of the canal, which side the towpath is on, the location of … Continue reading

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Linslade to Milton Keynes

It’s great to have crossed the hills and left all those locks behind. Marsworth had several locks every mile but from Fenny Stratford there’s mile after mile of uninterrupted cruising. It’s tempting to drive fast. Nearly came a cropper earlier … Continue reading

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Disused swing bridge

This old, overgrown swing bridge is just north of Leighton Buzzard. Tweet

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Marsworth to Linslade

Spent last night in Marsworth. Was tired after working so many locks since Berkhamsted. So I had a pint in the White Lion then an early night. Set off early this morning in the company of a lovely traditional narrowboat … Continue reading

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Berkhamsted

After several weeks stuck in first Watford then Hemel Hempstead, neither places I would ever choose to stay, it felt good to arrive in Berkhamsted, a lovely small town that I’ve visited many times on walks with my family. The … Continue reading

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Swing bridge

This gentleman kindly helped open and close the swing bridge at Hemel for me. Seeing as this prevents traffic from using the road, it would have been hard to operate single-handed without testing the patience of local drivers. Tweet

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Stuck in Hemel Hempstead

I’m in Hemel, waiting for work on Boxmoor lock to be completed so I can continue on my journey up north. In the last month I’ve only travelled about 15 miles but at this time of year that’s to be … Continue reading

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