Grand Union: Blisworth to Weedon


My mum and I are walking parts of the Grand Union Canal. On 29 May 2010, we walked a section from Blisworth (where we'd diverted to Northampton last time) to a place called Weedon.


We got off the bus in (well, near) Blisworth and walked to the canal and along it to the canal junction, where this time we took the main route northward.

Impressive railway bridge where we got off the bus on Station Road (this is the main line, but there's no station any more).
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Wood chained up near the canal junction.
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After that we just continued on the canal, which was fine, although the weather wasn't. (It rained all day.)

Pigeon perch / disused industrial building opposite.
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We weren't going very fast anyway.
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Eventually we came to a village called Bugbrooke. It had an amusing name and there was a box of leaflets with a town walk by the bridge, so we decided to divert to follow that (and eat our lunch outside the church).

Shiny hymn sign and pillar.
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Nice stonework.
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A head.
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There wasn't too much else of interest in the village but we did see a few other things before returning to the canal.

Very 'period' house with its name on front. Great lettering ('V'? Really?) and a full stop at the end too.
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Stables have seen better days.
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Nether Heyford

Not long after returning to the canal, we found another exciting place to visit; Nether Heyford. Not such a good name, but you can't have everything.

Primitive Methodist Church (apes only). Coloured brickwork and more great signage - lozenge-shaped ends and, yes, full stops again! Also, the 9 drawn as a spiral is really nice.
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Church hall. (No full stop this time, but the bullet makes up for it.)
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Canal and Weedon

Finally we followed the canal up to Weedon.

Beautiful rusted iron on a narrowboat...
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...'Balham'. My brother used to live there!
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Approaching Weedon, a couple of aqueducts carried the canal over roads. Really, they didn't look so much like aqueducts as tunnels under the canal. Still, worth investigating, especially as one led to an old church that's now trapped in a triangle of land between canal and railway.

Aforesaid 'aqueduct'. (The canal is up above.)
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Door and window to old church.
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Under the railway bridge. All the graffiti (presumably) was painted over in blue paint. Interesting choice.
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