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Berkhamsted to Stoke Bruerne (7 nights) Monday 16 July 2018

Fenny Stratford Lock

This seven night canal journey begins at Berkhamsted, a vibrant cultural town and birthplace of author Graham Greene. The town and its 11th Century Norman castle where William the Conqueror received the English crown after the Battle of Hastings in 1066 are well worth a visit before joining the boat for your cruise.

Leaving Berkhamsted the canal climbs steadily through Northchurch, Dudswell and the quaintly named Cowroast, a small hamlet with a welcoming country pub and pleasant marina to the Tring Summit. Extending for three miles from Cowroast, the Tring summit section leads us to the village of Marsworth and Marsworth Junction. Here the Aylesbury Arm heads off on its six mile journey to Buckinghamshire’s county town as the main line of the Grand Union continues up a flight of seven locks lifting the canal 42 feet to Bulbourne Junction. Another diversion, the Wendover Arm, leads away towards Wendover, but is still undergoing restoration.

At Bulbourne we enter the heavily wooded Tring Cutting which opens at its Northern end to sweeping views of the Chiltern Hills. The canal descends steadily towards Leighton and Linslade with the Dunstable Downs to the East where Ivinghoe Beacon and the chalk lion of Whipsnade overlook the canal.

Leighton Buzzard is a pleasant town and home of All Saints, a 13th Century Church with an eye catching 190ft spire. The town centre has a period feel with a wealth of historic buildings and pleasant architecture and is worth exploring.

Descending away from the Chilterns towards the Ouse valley we pass through captivating countryside and a flight of three Locks at Soulbury as we head for the distant urban sprawl of Milton Keynes. At the Southern edge of the vast town is Fenny Stratford, a small and welcoming constituent town alongside the canal. Once a historic village with traces of Roman settlement, its name is derived from an Old English word meaning ‘marshy ford on a Roman road’. The settlement also lies close to Bletchley and ample time will be allowed here for a visit to the famous Bletchley Park, World War II home of the Government Code and Cypher School.

Beyond Fenny Stratford we follow the canal as it flows boldly through the architecturally diverse centre of Milton Keynes, one of England’s newest towns. Unlike many of the canal side settlements throughout the country, the canal here predates the town by over a century and a half! At the northern end of town, we approach the historic manorial Village of Great Linford where the canal turns sharply west, as it meanders around the Linford Manor Park which borders the canal.

Heading once more into open country we approach New Bradwell, where a modern aqueduct constructed in 1991 carries the canal over Grafton Street, the main road into the village, and on to its neighbour, the village of Wolverton, at one time famous for its production of railway locomotives and carriages and still home to the Royal Train.

Cruising northwards from Wolverton, we follow the canal as it is carried 35 feet over the Great Ouse river and into Northamptonshire by the Cosgrove Iron Trunk Aqueduct. In the early days of the Grand Union, this crossing was facilitated by series of nine locks, five down and four up again, a much more cumbersome and time consuming exercise until 1811 when the structure was finally completed! Beyond the aqueduct is the charming village of Cosgrove, where a gothic style ornamental bridge carries traffic over the canal whilst a unique ‘horse tunnel’ forms a foot crossing beneath it.

From Cosgrove a scenic lock free pound leads us to the Stoke flight of seven locks which raise the canal 56 feet to our destination, the bustling village of Stoke Bruerne, busy with boaters and visitors to it’s famous Canal Museum. We aim to arrive in good time to allow guests to stroll around the village and visit the museum before spending their final night on board.

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Late availability offer price for this cruise now £1,370.00 for the cabin (shared or single occupancy) Full price payable upon booking

To book please select the available cabin below. Our three cabins are identical and can all be configured as either twin or double bedded rooms according to your preference.

Please refer to our terms and conditions before booking. If you have any questions or specific requirements please contact us

Twin/Double Cabin Berkhamsted to Stoke Bruerne Monday 16 July 2018

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Price: £1,370.00

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Price: £528.00

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Price: £528.00

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*based on 2 people sharing a twin/double cabin. Single supplement applies, please see our 2018 price list

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