Stoke Bruerne

We had to include Stoke Bruerne in this section as one of our favourite places in Northamptonshire – you just can’t leave it out

Stoke Bruerne is mentioned in the Domesday Book as “Stoche” meaning “an outlying farmstead or hamlet”. The form “Stokbruer” is used in 1254 being a suffix by the “Briwere” family of the Manor House. The village is fairly typical of this area of south Northamptonshire containing many traditional stone & thatched cottages. The village’s main claim to fame is its situation on the Grand Union Canal making it a favourite destination for tourists

Many people visit Stoke Bruerne & head towards the Blisworth Tunnel (nothing wrong with that), but today…forget it & head down the opposite side of the canal that very few people walk into the village’s country park. The map’s below…


The signs say the car park of The Navigation Pub are for patrons only, but hey, you can have a shandy at the end so pop the car in here & head up to the canal itself


Jump out of the car & head up to the canal side turning right past the pub…


The view from the bridge is great…



And that’s why painters can often be seen here…


Like we said, this isn’t an official walk…just a stroll, but the cottages on the right including the Canal Museum are gorgeous…




Over the road’s the magnificent The Boat Inn



Will he get it through the lock Edna? Well I really don't know Elsie...

Will he get it through the lock Edna? Well I really don’t know Elsie…

If you want to visit the Blisworth Tunnel carry on up this path, but today we don’t. So…cross the canal bridge & head down the opposite side of the canal to The Navigation



This side of the canal’s the one that most people ignore but it’s where you can get get your best photos from

We were slightly nervous passing the swan family…


…before snapping this boat having passed through some of the locks


So a little way on is the place that no-one knows about…Stoke Bruerne Pits Nature Reserve, the entrance to which is on the right…



This is a cracking little Country Park, but do watch out for the cows…today they were hiding in deep undergrowth


This reserve is an old brick works started after 1792 by the Grand Junction Canal Company to provide material for the canal locks, walls & the Blisworth Tunnel. The demise of the brickworks has left a site of considerable variety, with a reed bed, rough & damp grassland, a number of ponds & the redundant side arm of the canal. As well as a variety of plant life, the ponds provide an important habitat for invertebrates& a number of dragonflies. White-legged damselflies have been recorded here, a species which has a very limited distribution in Northamptonshire

So…no formal path just have a wander around



Why not sit & pause a while…



There’s a few ponds in here so seek them out…



To get back to where we started we suggest you continue down the canal & cross it via the lock gate & then head back towards Stoke Bruerne…autumns on its way…






Walking back we met Frankie, a gorgeous, friendly dog who wanted lots of fuss. His owner told us he’d suffered a slipped disc some years ago, hence his collar was a device to hold up his rear – such a happy little fellow


On the way back into the village we grabbed this lovely snap…


There we are then…our thoughts about stunning Stoke Bruerne. As we said,most people head right towards Blisworth tunnel so, just for once turn right & explore the Nature Reserve

Go Walk!