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10 things to do on your visit

Once you've visited the Canal Museum and discovered the story of the Grand Union Canal here at Stoke Bruerne, take some time to explore this tranquil, country village - here's our recommended things to do on your day out...

A family eating ice cream by the canal Eating ice cream at Stoke Bruerne

There are loads of different things to do – boat trips and walks, bird watching and fun for kids at Rookery farm.

1. A historic village

Stoke Bruerne canal village

In and around Stoke Bruerne you’ll find the Blisworth Tunnel, historic locks and bridges, winding hole and traditional canal pubs – all the features of a living canal village. Nearly all the homes and buildings in the village have been here 200 years or more. Little has changed since the heyday of Britain's canals, between the early and mid-1800s.

2. Rookery Open Farm

Things to do in Stoke Bruerne - Rookery FarmThe near by Rookery Open Farm let's children get up close and cuddly with lambs, goats, miniture ponies and more. Plus there are its very popular indoor and outdoor play areas. 

3. A boat trip

indian chief from Stoke bruerne

There are two local comapnies offering organised boat trips along the Grand Union Canal to Blisworth Tunnel. 

4. Places to eat

The Navigation, Stoke BruerneThe two village pubs have a long heritage, with The Boat Inn having been established in 1807, and the Navigation Inn in 1822. Both were built to support the new trade bought by the canal. But, if you're just after an ice-cream you should definitely stop by our Canal Museum shop!

5. Take a walk on the wild side

Dipping Ponds, Stoke BruerneWith walks in all directions you can either stroll up to Blisworth Tunnel or meander along the canal towpath to see the dipping ponds. Might be a good idea to download our nature spotters guide to take with you! And remember - don't feed the ducks until you've downloaded our fun fact duck guide!

6. Woodland Walk

Stoke Bruerne - Woodland WalkIf you take the towpath towards the tunnel you'll find the start of the Woodland Walk. Take the uphill turning (it's a very gentle uphill walk) and follow the line of the oldest railway in Northamptonshire through a pleasant glade of trees with wire animals - please don't sit on the animals - but you can take a selfie with them! At the end of the woodland walk there is a set of steps which takes you down to The Boathorse Road; turn right and you can walk uphill to see the old railway line linking east and southwest Northamptonshire; turn left and the lane will take you back down to the canal. Turn right to visit the tunnel portal (a Grade 2 listed structure), the Old Tug Store where Bob The Blacksmith awaits; retrace your steps towards the Canal Museum and you will see the Ark Stained Glass studio.

7. Stoke Bruerne Brick Pits

THings to do in Stoke Bruerne - brick pitsOnce the quarry where the clay for making local bricks was dug - now this area of natural beauty is home to dancing dragon flies, reed warblers and much more... Did we mention you could download our nature spotters guide?

8. Visit your local blacksmith

Bob the Stoke Bruerne BlacksmithBob Nightingale is the resident local blacksmith. You'll find his forge at the opening to Blisworth Tunnel. Learn more about being a blacksmith, Bob's restoration work, and becoming an apprentice. Free entry. For more information call: 01604 859726.

9. Visit Ark Stained Glass workshop

Things to do in Stoke Bruerne - glass paintingHandmade glass and inspiring designs. Perfect for a little bit of gift shopping. 

10. Become a Canal & River Trust Friend

Children playing in puddlesOur Friends get a range of benefits:

  • free entry into all Canal & River Trust museums and attractions
  • discounts in our shops and cafes
  • a bespoke edition of ‘Cool Canals’ walking book
  • Waterfront magazine twice a year
  • Canal & River Trust pin badge
  • Canal & River Trust window sticker
  • exclusive Friends booklet
  • regular emails and podcasts immersing you in the world of the
  • waterways and the wildlife that call them home
  • and many more discounts off canal holidays and events

Last date edited: 6 April 2017