Day 10 of our walk along the Grand Union Canal took us briefly along the main canal from Stoke Bruerne, over Blisworth Tunnel, to Blisworth junction where we branched off in a north easterly direction along the Northampton Arm to the centre of Northampton itself.
Being Sunday 13 January daylight was in short supply and so it was important for us to make the 10.33 bus from Northampton to Stoke Bruerne to stand a chance of getting back into the centre of the city in day light. The closest parking to the ‘bus station’ (a street with bus stops along it, hardly a bus station!) turned out to be a shopping centre which we left in a rush without, as we would find out later, noting the name of the car park let alone the level the car had been parked on! We caught the bus though, so we were off to a good start.
The X7 bus (which strangely only runs on a Sunday) conveniently stops adjacent to the canal in Stoke Bruerne but, on this occasion there was no time for a beer at either of the canal side pubs – The Boat Inn or The Navigation Inn today 🙁
Adjacent to the canal at Stoke Bruerne sits the Canal and River Trust‘s Canal Museum and The Museum Cafe and Gift Shop, both closed for the winter (they reopen mid-February) and something we’ll definitely be visiting at some point.