Monthly Archive: June 2024

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‘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...

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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...

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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...