GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Stoke Bruerne Canal Walk

7 miles (11 km)

This walk follows the Grand Union Canal Walk from Stoke Bruerne to Cosgrove.
Start the walk on the canal in the lovely Northamptonshire village of Stoke Bruerne. The picturesque village includes the interesting Canal Museum where an audio guidewill take you on a journey through the stories and traditions of Britain's historic canals. Heading north from the village takes you to Blisworth Tunnel but this walk takes you south to Grafton Regis, Yardley Gobion and Cosgrove. Here you'll find Solomon's Bridge which dates from 1800 and is built in an unusual gothic style. In the village you can enjoy refreshments at The Barley Mow pub. Housed in a lovely 17th Century building the pub boasts a large beer garden to relax in during the summer months.
To extend the walk continue a short distance south to visit the Iron Trunk Aqueduct and Wolverton. Also known as Cosgrove aqueductthe noteworthystructure carries theGrand Union Canalover theRiver Great Ouse and is well worth a visit.
The Milton Keynes Boundary Walk passes the canal at Grafton Regis. You could pick up the waymarked trail to further explore the area. The Grafton Way also runs through the area. You could follow it back from Cosgrove to Yardley Gobion as an alternative return route.

Stoke Bruerne OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Stoke Bruerne Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

The village of Stoke Bruerne has some good options for canalside refreshments. The Boat Inn is located right next to the canal, opposite the interesting Canal Museum. The pub has been owned and operated by the Woodward family since 1877 when it formed part of the Duke of Grafton's 'Wakefield' estate. In those early days, the inn was run in conjunction with the family's other businesses - the local butchery, bakery, smallholding and working narrowboats. The Boat Inn is believed to be the longest running family pub, that has maintained the same family name throughout (140+ years), and is therefore claimed to be the longest lineage of licensee in the country. The Navigation is another delightful country pub in a gorgeous setting overlooking the Grand Union Canal in the village. Find a spot on the patio and watch the narrow boats negotiate the locks with a pint of real ale.

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Photos

Lock on Grand Union Canal at Stoke Bruerne - geograph.org.uk - 1025861

Lock on Grand Union Canal at Stoke Bruerne

Stoke Bruerne - geograph.org.uk - 3768

Stoke Bruerne. The village of Stoke Bruerne in Northamptonshire is built around the canal. Visitors are attracted there by the Canal Museum and canalside pubs. The busy lock on the right provides visitors with plenty of entertainment. The disused lock on the left was fitted with boat-weighing scales.

The Boat Inn, Stoke Bruerne

The Boat Inn, Stoke Bruerne

Grafton Regis - geograph.org.uk - 453146

Grafton Regis. A view from the bridge which takes the Milton Keynes Boundary Walk over the Grand Union Canal.

Bozenham Mill Lane Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 535407

Bozenham Mill Lane Bridge. Bridge 57 over the Grand Union Canal near Grafton Regis

Yardley Gobion - geograph.org.uk - 453127

Yardley Gobion Bridge carrying a footpath over the Grand Union Canal.

Cosgrove on the Southern Grand Union Canal - geograph.org.uk - 30529

Cosgrove on the Southern Grand Union Canal

Solomon's Bridge, Cosgrove - geograph.org.uk - 531251

Solomon's Bridge, Cosgrove. This bridge, no. 65, is one of the most unusual on the canal network - nowhere else is this gothic style used. It was probably built this way in 1800 to appease a local landlord, but the exact circumstances are lost in the mists of time.

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GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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