It was a very busy day on the canal when we took a walk up and over the Braunston Tunnel today. The mayhem was compounded by the fact that the bridge into Braunston Marina is closed for repair and there’s a very narrow channel available for boats to pass.
They’ve created a dam around the base of the bridge and are working to firm up the bridge’s foundations.
Every lock on the way up the flight was occupied and queues were forming.
The path was used to walk horses over the top as, like Blisworth, there’s no tow path in the tunnel. It’s broad, obvious and easy to follow.
As you go up the views open out. I always enjoy heading off up a hill. When you travel along canals you spend a great deal of time looking up at scenery. It makes a change to be able to look down on it.
We were particularly looking out for the shafts that let the fumes out of the tunnel and keep the air breathable. I’d taken a photograph of one from underneath as we went through the tunnel yesterday…..
As you near the top, the view back towards Braunston is lovely.
We watched nb Firefly go into the tunnel and thought about Ray and Leonie from New Zealand on another Firefly, who have now completed their canal adventure.
We’d not met them before but feel like we know them from a myriad of tales we’ve heard from fellow boaters.