Explore a living canal village
Stoke Bruerne, Northamptonshire
The Grand Union Canal at Stoke Bruerne is like an outdoor museum with historic canal features to explore.
Little has changed here since the heyday of Britain's canals between the early and mid-1800s. Nearly all the homes and buildings in the village have been here 200 years or more.
You can see the Blisworth Tunnel, historic locks and bridges, a weighing machine, winding hole and traditional canal pubs. Built to support the trade brought by the canal, the Boat Inn was established in 1807 and the Navigation Inn in 1822, and today they still serve a good pint and pub grub.
Take a canal boat ride or set off along the tow path in either direction and you'll enjoy rural countryside views, passing tranquil lanes, pretty villages, wild flowers and birds.