The Grand Union Canal - between Braunston Lock and Buckby Bottom Lock.

Features, locks and bridges on the Grand Union Canal as it continues it's journey between Braunston Lock Flight and Buckby Lock Flight (Whilton Locks).


The following is a continuation from our Bascote Staircase Lock Flight to Braunston Turn - Grand Union Canal item.
The first photograph shown below is actually out of sequence and is a Turnover Bridge (Bridge no.47) - located at Gayton Junction this beautiful old Grand Union Canal bridge not only carries a small road across the Grand Union Canal but also was built with a walkway so that the horses which towed the barges could go over the canal without having to be unhitched. Note if you are thinking of going to this bridge and using the car park next to it which is currently shown on maps forget it. For some obscure reason the owners - British Waterways - have padlocked the entrance and we believe it is only available for several of the permanent moored boats. We have been several times in and around this area and usually you may see 2 or 3 cars parked inside the car-park i.e. just about empty yet it is the only parking available near this part of the Grand Union Canal.
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Turnover Bridge no.47 on the Grand Union Canal near Gayton
Turnover Bridge 47

Canal views - The Grand Union Canal at Braunston
General view

An iron-side bridge at Braunston - Grand Union Canal, England.
Iron side bridge

Braunston Marina - Grand Union Canal in England
Braunston Marina

Butchers Bridge 1 - Grand Union Canal.
Butchers Bridge 1

Butchers Bridge - Grand Union Canal, England.
Butchers Bridge 1

Bridge 2 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Bridge 2

Canal Bridge 2 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Bridge 2

Braunston Bottomlock 1 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Braunston
Bottomlock no.1

Braunston's Bottomlock - Grand Union Canal, England.
Lock 1

Grand Union Canal Bridge no.3
Bridge 3

Bridge 3 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Bridge 3

Braunston Flight - Lock no.2 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Lock no2

Canal Lock no.2 at Braunston - Grand Union Canal, England.
Lock no2

Canal Bridge 4 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Bridge 4

Lock no.3 and Bridge no.4 at Braunston - Grand Union Canal.
Bridge 4 and Lock 3

Lock 3 at Braunston - Grand Union Canal, England.
Lock 3

Braunston Flight - Lock 3 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Lock 3

Lock no.4 - Braunston - Grand Union Canal, England.
Lock 4

Lock no.4 - Braunston Flight - Grand Union Canal, England.
Lock 4

Lock 5 - Braunston - Grand Union Canal, England.
Lock 5

Branston Locks - Lock no.5 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Lock 5

Canal Bridge 5 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Bridge 5

Grand Union Canal Bridge no.5
Bridge 5

Toplock no.6 - Braunston Locks - Grand Union Canal, England.
Toplock no.6

Around Braunston and especially the last 200 yards or so before

Braunston Tunnel

the towpath is in a poor state with quite deep mud, some side bank collapse and really mucky to walk through. In addition the towpath at the Welton Wharf side of the tunnel is also in poor condition as far as Bridge 10 - thereafter it's in good condition for walking and cycling. If walking the canal's towpath you have to go across the top of Braunston's Tunnel as only boats can go through (i.e. the tunnel has no inner towpath - before motorised barges the boatmen had to "leg" their craft through the tunnel - legging is where they lay on their backs and push against the roof with their feet and legs). Braunston Tunnel is 2042 yards long, 15.75 feet wide and 12.3 feet high and was constructed by engineers William Jessop and James Barnes in 1793. The 2060 yard long walk across the top of the tunnel is on a nice track passing through open countryside and easy to follow.

Braunston Top Lock no.6 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Toplock

Braunston's 2042 yard tunnel entrance North - Grand Union Canal, England.
Braunston Tunnel N

An airshaft which ventilate Braunston Tunnel - Grand Union Canal, England.
Tunnel airshaft

Braunston Tunnel Southern end - Grand Union Canal, England.
Braunston Tunnel S

Welton Wharf Bridge 6 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Bridge
6

Just a little further along from Braunston Tunnel the Grand Union Canal arrives at

Norton Junction

which is from where the very beautiful Leicester Canal Section starts it's long journey via Foxton Locks to reach the City of Leicester where the Leicester Section then becomes a river navigation on The River Soar. (The Bottom of Foxton lock flight is also where the short but equally beautiful Market Harborough Arm heads off for a few miles).

Welton Wharf Bridge beside the Grand Union Canal.
Welton Wharf Bridge 6

Bridge no.7 going over The Grand Union Canal, England.
Canal Bridge 7

Grand Union Canal Bridge 7
Bridge 7

Canal Bridge no.8
Lords Bridge 8

Bridge 8 - The Grand Union Canal in England.
Lords Bridge 8

Bridge 9 crossing The Grand Union Canal, England.
Bridge 9

Canal Bridge 9 - The Grand Union Canal in England.
Bridge 9

Grand Union Canal bridge no.10
Bridge no.10

Bridge 10 crossing The Grand Union Canal, England.
Bridge no.10

View of Norton Junction - Grand Union Canal and Leicester Canal
Norton Junction

Buckby Top Lock no.7 - The Grand Union Canal in England.
Buckby TopLock no.7

Buckby Toplock 7
Buckby Top Lock no.7

Buckby Locks TopLock - Grand Union Canal, England.
Watling Street
Bridge no.11

Bridge no.12 - The Grand Union Canal in England.
Canal Bridge no.12

Grand Union Canal Bridge 12
Canal Bridge no.12

Buckby Locks Lock-8 - The Grand Union Canal in England.
Buckby Lock 8

Buckby Lock 8 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Buckby Lock no.8

Grand Union Canal and Buckby Lock 8
Buckby Locks - Lock 8

Buckby Lock 8, The Grand Union Canal in England.
Lock no.8 lockgates

Grand Union Canal Bridge 13
Canal Bridge no.13

Canal Bridge 13 over The Grand Union Canal.
Canal Bridge no.13

Buckby Lock 9 - The Grand Union Canal in England.
Buckby Lock 9

Buckby Lock Flight -  Lock 9 Grand Union Canal, England.
Buckby Lock no.9

Grand Union Canal Bridge 13b
Canal Bridge 13b.

Bridge 13b going across The Grand Union Canal, England.
Canal Bridge no.13b

Whilton Locks on the Grand Union Canal - often known as the Buckby Lock Flight - Northants.

This flight of seven Grand Union Canal Locks in Northamptonshire brings the canal down some 63 feet. There is a reasonably sized Marina close to Buckby Bottom Lock and also the M1 motorway and a busy set of railway lines are very close to the canal just here.

Buckby Locks -  Lock 10 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Buckby Lock no.10

Buckby Lock 10.
Buckby Lock 10

Bridge 14 crossing The Grand Union Canal, England.
Canal Bridge no.14

Grand Union Canal Bridge 14
Canal Bridge 14

Grand Union Canal Buckby Lock 11
Buckby Lock no.11

Buckby Lock 11 - The Grand Union Canal in England.
Buckby Lock 11

Buckby Lock 12 and The Grand Union Canal, England.
Buckby Lock no.12

Buckby Lock 12
Buckby Lock no.12

Canal Bridge 15 over The Grand Union Canal, England.
Canal Bridge no.15

Grand Union Canal Bridge 15
Canal Bridge 15

Buckby Bottom Lock 13 - The Grand Union Canal in England.
Buckby Bottom
Lock no.13

Grand Union Canal and Buckby Bottom Lock 13
Buckby Lock no.13

Grand Union Canal - Buckby Marina Bridge 15a
Marina bridge 15a

The next section of the Grand Union is on our Muscott Mill, Weedon, Blisworth Tunnel on The Grand Union Canal topic.
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