Monday, 18 March 2013

Braunston locks and tunnel.

After a depressing start yesterday did brighten up. Once the snow stopped we bit the bullet and headed for Braunston. We moored on The Boat House moorings and enjoyed a meal in the said establishment, I can only say we have never been disappointed when eating there.
This morning it was a quick trip up to the village shop and the butchers and then on our way.

We passed the Gongoozler's Rest, home of the sumptuous breakfast, I would love to have stopped for one but I ate too much last night. We did wave to Avril the owner/chef who was busily frying in the kitchen.

Dated 1897, the old pump house was part of a back pumping system to keep the summit level through the tunnel topped up.

On the way up the locks you pass The Admiral Nelson, the pub has had a rather chequered history in the last few years but apparently the last manager has purchased the freehold and is doing well. We wish him luck, it would be a shame if such an iconic boatman's pub ended up as a house.

Grand Junction Canal lock, heavy old gates. We'll need to get used to them for they are all we will see for a while.
We went into Braunston tunnel,

and after 2,042 dark yards

we came out of the other end.
Now moored at Norton Junction where the Leicester Arm

heads off north.
Tomorrow, all being well, we will zoom down Buckby Locks.

Watch this space.............

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