The Grand Union Canal - Bascote to Braunston towpath walk - with photos.

Features of The Grand Union Canal from Bascote Lock and Staircase Locks and Stockton Lock Flight through Napton Junction to Braunston Turn.


The following continues from our Saltisford via River Avon Aqueduct to Splash Bridge along The Grand Union Canal item.
This part of the Grand Union boasts several marvellous series of canal locks and lock flights - namely Bascote, Calcutt and even more of them at Stockton Lock Flight. As you can imagine, during the Spring and Summer this stretch of the Canal especially around the various locks gets quite busy with people on holiday - particularly on weekends. However if you can visit the area during weekdays everything is much more peaceful and enjoyable. Apart from these really interesting standard canal locks and lock flights there is also the quite rare opportunity to see a staircase canal lock as well at Bascote (Bascote locks 14 and 15).
The Grand Union Canal shares it's route with The beautiful old Oxford Canal for a short distance when it reaches Napton Junction - this part of the route and the shared canal bridges are shown further down the page.
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Bascote Locks Flight view - The Grand Union Canal in England.
Flight of locks at Bascote
Grand Union Canal Bascote Lock 17
Bascote Lock no.17
Bascote Lock 17
Bascote Lock no.17
Bascote Lock 16 on The Grand Union Canal in England.
Bascote Lock no.16
Bascote Lock 16
Bascote Lock no.16
Bascote Lock 15 - The Grand Union Canal in England.
Bascote Lock no.15
Grand Union Canal and Bascote Lock 15
Bascote Lock no.15
Bascote Staircase Lockgate 15-14 on the Grand Union Canal, England.
Bascote Staircase Locks
The flight of canal locks at Bascote Locks, Grand Union Canal, England.
Bascote Lock Flightl
Bascote Lock 14, Grand Union Canal, England.
Bascote Lock no.14

The Bascote Lock Flight comprises of four locks two of which are Grand Union Canal staircase locks (numbers 14 and 15).

Canal stair case Locks were cheaper to build and can acheive a greater drop in a short space than standard canal locks. These Bascote Staircase Locks share the centre gate - with the upper gate of one lock also being the lower gate of the other. The locks were originally built as singles but were modernised in the 1930s into wide locks however you can still see the location of the original locks.
Grand Union Canal - Toll House Bridge 28
Toll House Bridge no.28
Toll House Bridge 28, Grand Union Canal, England.
Toll House Bridge 28
Bascote Bridge 27, The Grand Union Canal in England
Bascote Bridge 27
Grand Union Canal, Bascote Bridge 27
Bascote Bridge 27
Railway arches bridge 26a, The Grand Union Canal in England
Railway arches
Railway Bridge 26a - Grand Union Canal.
Railway Bridge no.26a
Railway Bridge 26a
Railway bridge no.26a
Grand Union Canal Aqueduct Bridge
Canal Aqueduct Bridge
Bickleys Bridge 26 - The Grand Union Canal in England.
Bickleys Bridge no.26
Grand Union Canal crossed by Bickleys Bridge 26
Bickleys Bridge no.26
Cuttle Bridge 25 crosses The Grand Union Canal, England.
Cuttle Canal Bridge 25
Cuttle Bridge 25
Cuttle Bridge 25
Itchington Bottom-Lock 13 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Itchington Bottom Lock no.13
Itchington Bottom Lock Cottage, Grand Union Canal, England.
Bottom Lock Cottage
Itchington Bottom Lock 13
Itchington Bottom Lock no.13
New Bridge 24 going over The Grand Union Canal.
New Bridge no.24
New Bridge 24
New Bridge no.24
Lock 12 - Grand Union Canal.
Canal Lock no.12
Lock 12 on the Grand Union Canal, England.
Canal Lock no.12
Kayes Arm - Grand Union Canal, England.
Kayes Arm
If you fancy walking the towpath it is in quite good condition throughout (and also is excellent for cyclists). As a guide for anyone wishing to walk the canals towpath in the area you could park up at St Lawrence's Church car park at Napton on the Hill (there is no problem parking there except on Sundays). If you walk through the churchyard there is a path which takes you down into the village. The bus service from the middle of Napton leaves weekdays and Saturdays at 10:14 hours and takes about 50 minutes into the centre of Leamington. If you get out at the Leamington Parish Church stop it's only a short walk down to the Grand Union Canal. Note that when you eventually reach Napton Junction you would need to turn right and go along the Oxford Canal for a short distance to Napton's Bridge and then walk back up to Napton church car park. (Please check the above times in case of timetable changes)
The Grand Union Canal goes under Blue Lias Roadbridge 23
Blue
Lias Roadbridge
Blue Lias Roadbridge 23
Blue Lias Roadbridge 23
Stockton Lock 11, The Grand Union Canal in England
Stockton Lock no.11
Grand Union Canal - Stockton Lock 11
Stockton Lock no.11
Stockton Lock 10.
Stockton Lock no.10

Stockton Locks on The Grand Union Canal - Stockton Lock Flight.

The lock flight comprises of eight double locks - originally these were narrow locks but were replaced with wider versions.The grass covered area alongside the locks is generally quite wide and their are a few bench seats scattered along the way.
Stockton Lock 10, The Grand Union Canal in England.
Stockton Lock no.10
Stockton Lock 9
Stockton Lock no.9
Grand Union Canal - Stockton Lock 9
Stockton Lock9
Bridge 22 going over The Grand Union Canal.
Bridge 22
Grand Union Canal - Stockton Lock 8
Stockton Lock8
Stockton Lock 7
Stockton Lock no.7
Grand Union Canal - Stockton Lock 7
Stockton Lock 7
Stockton Lock 6
Stockton Lock6
Grand Union Canal - Stockton Lock no.6
Stockton Lock 6
Stockton Lock no.5 - The Grand Union Canal in England.
Stockton Lock 5
Stockton Lock 5
Stockton Lock no.5
Stockton TopLock 4
Stockton Top Lock 4
Stockton TopLock 4, Grand Union Canal, England.
TopLock 4
Grand Union Canal - Birdingbury Wharf Bridge 21
Wharf
Bridge no.21
Birdingbury Wharf Bridge 21 - The Grand Union Canal in England.
Bridge 21
Gibraltar Bridge 20, Grand Union Canal, England.
Gibraltar Bridge no.20
Gibraltar Bridge 20 + Pipe - Grand Union Canal.
Gibraltar Bridge
+ Pipe Bridge
Daventry Roadbridge 19 crossing over The Grand Union Canal.
Daventry Road
Bridge no.19
Daventry Roadbridge 19
Daventry Road
Bridge no.19
Tom Low Footbridge 18 going over The Grand Union Canal in England.
Tom Low Footbridge
no.18
As the Grand Union Canal approaches Napton Junction there are now quite a few marinas situated either side of the canal especially a little way after Calcutt Locks and Tom Low Bridge. The Grand Union Canal meets up with the somewhat older Oxford Canal by the really beautifully shaped Turnover Bridge (Grand Union Canal Bridge 17) at Napton Junction.
Tom Low Footbridge 18, The Grand Union Canal in England
Tom Low Foot-bridge 18
Grand Union Canal - Dismantled Railway Bridge
ex
railway bridge
Ventnor Marina entrance - The Grand Union Canal in England.
Ventnor Marina
Ventnor Marina entrance
Ventnor Marina Entry
Calcutt Lock 3 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Calcutt Lock no.3
Calcutt Marina bridge - Grand Union Canal.
Bridge leading
to Calcutt Marina
Calcutt Lock 3
Calcutt Lock no.3
Grand Union Canal - Calcutt Lock 2
Calcutt Lock2
Calcutt Lock 2 - The Grand Union Canal in England.
Calcutt Lock 2
Calcutt Lock 1
Calcutt Lock no.1
The Grand Union Canal and Calcutt Lock 1
Calcutt Lock 1
Grand Union Canal - Napton Junction Bridge 17
Napton Jcn Bridge17
Napton Junction Bridge 17
Napton Junction Bridge
Grand Union Canal + Oxford Canal Bridges - Nimrod Bridge 108
Nimrod Bridge 108
Nimrod Bridge 108 on the Oxford Canal
Nimrod Bridge 108

 

The Grand Union Canal shares it's watery passage with the older Oxford Canal between Napton Junction and Braunston Turn.

There are no canal locks along this shared stretch of water but there are quite a few canal bridges. These bridges naturally show the Oxford Canal's numbering and naming system (Bridges 91 to 108) however they are also allocated bridge numbers in the Grand Union Canal's sequence although these are not displayed on the bridges themselves. Therefore although these canal bridge photos are shown on our Oxford Canal pages, for completeness each of the bridges are also shown below with both bridge numbers indicated. So perhaps also see our Oxford Canal website page : The Oxford Canal from Braunston to Napton Junction
Garners Bridge 107
Garners Bridge 107
Oxford Canal - Garners Bridge 107
Oxford Canal Garners Bridge
Bridge 105 on the Oxford Canal
Bridge 105
Oxford Canal
Oxford Canal Bridge 105
Oxford Canal Bridge 105
Jacksons Bridge 104
Jacksons Bridge 104
Canal bridges - Jacksons Bridge 104
Jacksons Bridge 104
Oxford Canal - New Bridge 103
Oxford Canal
New Bridge 103
New Bridge 103 - Oxford Canal
New Bridge Oxford Canal
Flecknoe Road Bridge 102
Flecknoe Road
Bridge 102
Oxford Canal - Flecknoe Road Bridge 102
Flecknoe Road Bridge 102
Oxford Canal England - Nethercote Bridge 101
Nethercote Bridge 101
Nethercote Bridge 101
Bridge 101
dismantled railway bridge at the Oxford Canal
ex railway bridge
Chambers Bridge 100
Bridge 100
Oxford Canal - Chambers Bridge 100
Chambers Bridge 100
Hargreaves Canal Bridge no 99
Hargreaves Bridge no 99
Hargreaves Bridge 99
Bridge
99
Ivy bridge 98 - Oxford Canal England
Ivy bridge 98
Oxford Canal
Ivy Bridge 98 - Oxford Canal
Ivy Bridge 98 -
Oxford Canal
Oxford Canal Bridge 97
Oxford Canal Bridge 97
Bridge 97 on the Oxford Canal
Bridge 97 on the Oxford Canal
Oxford Canal Aqueduct 96
Oxford Canal Aqueduct 96
Turnover Bridge 95
GU Bridge4
Turnover Bridge 95
Oxford Canal - Turnover Bridge 95
GU Bridge4
Bridge 95
Braunston Turn Oxford Canal - Bridge 94
GU Bridge 003
Braunston Turn Bridge 94
Braunston Turn - Bridges 93 and 94
GU Bridges 002+003
Turn Bridges 93+94
Braunston Turn Bridge 93 - Oxford Canal
GU Bridge 002
Braunston Turn
Bridge 93
Castle Bridge 91
GU Bridge1
Castle Bridge 91

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