Monthly Archive: June 2024


‘Elderly ducks’ on a nostalgia cruise

Stoke Bruerne to Slapton “So you’re obviously retired,” said an elderly gentleman on the towpath outside Leighton Buzzard’s Globe Inn..Yes – but was he referring to crew appearance, the age of the boat or the summary of Cleddau’s  mooring locations…? It was as a young(ish) boat that Cleddau first came this way. She would have been about 7 years old when in 1996, after a first mooring at Evesham on the River Avon,      she was moved to Bletchley...


The honeypot and a pavilion pair

Stoke Bruerne is one of those ‘honeypot’ locations that attracts boaters and visitors alike. Boaters passing through will arrive from the north via the 1¾ mile long Blisworth Tunnel or from the south via the flight of 7 locks. For boaters Stoke Bruerne provides a bit of respite (two canal side pubs, one with Bistro and restaurant, one Indian takeaway, and a small café attached to the museum). Visitors by car can “gongoozle” at boaters’ efforts at the locks, take...


What next…?

Was the Crick Boat Show the wettest, muddiest ever? Some marina residents believed that to be the case. Three days after the Show a welcome email declared the normal car parks (all on gravel and small stone) to have reopened. The marina was still to be regarded as a building site (ie. CAUTION recommended) and a tow service was available for those vehicles still parked on the fields… A few structures still remained  and a wide beam boat was on...