A short break from Stretton under Fosse to Braunston:
Arrive at the Stretton under Fosse marina and receive your detailed show through of the boat to make sure you are comfortable with your hire boat. Once you feel comfortable operating your narrowboat, cruise south on the North Oxford Canal, meandering through the woodlands before reaching Newbold Tunnel at Newbold on Avon. After navigating your way through the 250yd long tunnel, you may want to take a break at one of the two pubs located along the moorings here.
Leaving behind Newbold, pass over the two aqueducts on the outskirts of Rugby, where your hire boat will pass over the River Avon. There is a pub located here where you can moor up for some refreshment, as well as a Tesco’s supermarket and a picnic area nearby. As the canal skirts past Rugby you encounter your first set of locks on this route. After working the three locks at Hillmorton, the next few hours leads you through more scenic views as the Oxford Canal descends to Braunston Turn and the junction of the Grand Union Canal.
Barby village is located near the Oxford Canal and for those looking for land based attractions there is a Sporting Club just off the canal, offering clay pigeon shooting and a bar/restaurant along with corporate or private parties events. You would need to moor adjacent to Barby Lane and walk down the road for 5 minutes to reach the club.
After returning to your hire boat you can make your way to Braunston, where you have the choice of four pubs: the Admiral Nelson, The Mill House Hotel, The Old Plough (10/15 minute walk from the canal) and The Wheatsheaf. The Wheatsheaf has live music at the weekends. There is also a chip shop and a local butcher, ideal for picking up some fresh bacon or sausages for the following morning’s cooked breakfast!
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