A trip to Stoke Bruerne

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My friend Dorothy who I have know for about three years after meeting on facebook. This lady and her children have become like family. I recently brought Dorothy to our home for the weekend to meet my family and spend some time with us, it was not only a great pleasure, it was in fact a privilege. 

On the way up to Northampton, I took her for a drive through Newport Pagnell and surrounding villages, then on the way back down to London, I took her to Stoke Bruerne, which is a little village with a canal museum by a flight of locks on the Grand union canal.

While we were there, we took a small Boat trip aboard a Narrowboat called ‘Charlie’ it operates just in front of the Museum. It took us all the way to and just inside Blisworth Tunnel, which at 2,813M long, is the third longest navigable tunnel in the UK, completed in 1805.

Once the boat enters the tunnel, it reverses, turns and returns to the pick up point. There is another boat called the ‘Indian Chief’ which is owned and operated by the owners of ‘The Boat Inn’ pub, this does longer trips that go through the tunnel to Blisworth and back, which takes over an hour, but it was not operating on that day. Still, it was a lovely experience for Dorothy, I have spent time living on a Narrowboat and I loved it.

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