Wednesday we went to Stoke Bruerne near Towcester (sounds a bit like Toaster) in Northamtonshire to meet up with Gonzo. Here a canal museum has been built on the old, but still used canal; part of the Midlands canal system. Nearby is the the Blisworth Canal Tunnel which is over 2km long (photos in album).
In the other direction, a flight of locks progressively takes the canal boats down the hill on which Stoke Bruerne is situated.
Most of the boats we saw on the day were operated privately by live-in owners or on charter. There are no lock-keepers at this point so those on the boats are primarily responsible for operating the locks. Vija had a wonderful time chatting with some of the people on the boats. It is a very slow way to travel especially when faced with a flight of locks.