A day out in Stoke Bruerne

When we  left Milton Keynes a couple of days ago we headed to Giffard Park services to replenish our water tanks and had the good fortune to bump into Irene and Ian from nb Free Spirit. I’ve followed their blog for some time now and am a fan of Irene’s bird, plant and insect photography so it was a real pleasure to stop and spend some time talking to them while the tank filled up. I do hope we manage to bump into them again when we both have a bit more time to chat. Irene&IanWe were aiming to get to the bottom of the locks at Stoke Bruerne (another place to tick off from our stuff to do on the way back up list), where we’d arranged to meet Bob and Diane who were driving over from Coventry for the day.

On the way we crossed the Iron Trunk Aqueduct over the River Great Ouse. I was walking this time so managed to get a photograph of the boat crossing.

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20141014_123050Nowhere near as dramatic as Pontcysyllte but the construction of it was still an impressive feat.

Yesterday morning we went through five of the seven Stoke locks below the village of Stoke Bruerne and moored up so that Bob and Diane could do the last two with us later.

OverFlowingLockTwo boats coming down and two going up created quite a bit of mayhem but everybody got where they were supposed to be going so that was OK.

TwoUpTwoDownOur first stop when our guests turned up was to the Canal museum on the quayside above the top lock.

DampStokeBruerneWe spent an entertaining hour or so wandering around looking at the exhibits…..

SunnyValley SignsMuseum BoatmansCabin….before bringing the boat up through the last two locks, mooring up and heading to the Boat Inn for a very tasty lunch.

DianeLock BobBoatWe’ll be seeing them, and hopefully some of the rest of the family, again when we get to Leamington Spa in a few days. They haven’t got rid of us quite yet!

 

 

 

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