Nearly five files of lock free cruising will lead us to Braunston Turn. Constructed as part of the Oxford this section of our route was incorporated into the route from London to Birmingham along what we now call the Grand Union Canal. Constructed as a narrow canal the Grand Union Canal was later widened with some straightening of the section we are now travelling along to handle the increased traffic.
Lower Shuckburgh: Bridge 104
A five minute walk from bridge 104 following the lane to its junction with the main road. On the right is the pretty 19th century Victorian church. In front of you is a spreading chestnut tree, sheltering the village stocks. A good photo opportunity. AE.
Being a popular part of the canal network there are usually many post to pass, either cruising in the opposite direction or moored in one of the many quiet locations along the route. Either way, the frequent slowing to pass them means you need to allow longer to cruise this section than you might expect.
Braunston Church Spire provides a useful landmark, almost directly ahead of as we cruise along Braunston Puddle Banks, the embankment where the route was straightened many years ago to reach the attractive triangular junction knows as Braunston Turn. The two bridges carrying the towpath across the junction, forming early examples of mass production techniques, must be amongst the most photographed bridges on the canal network.