Vlog 142: The Ghost of Blisworth Tunnel

In this video I take my narrowboat on the Grand Union canal from near Gayton Junction to Stoke Bruerne, via Blisworth – and Blisworth tunnel – all 3,075 yards of it. Weirdly, as I went through, there was a bit of an unsettling ghostly apparition…

Start point: https://goo.gl/maps/K2KkfQSF47p
End point: https://goo.gl/maps/nJ9msf4nr5N2

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  1. The bridge just south of Gayton Junction was a railway bridge – see https://maps.nls.uk/view/101575849. Incidentally, the old OS maps are one of my most favourite go-to sites for understanding remnants on or around the canals/

  2. As you were going through the tunnel I noticed a red glow on the left tunnel wall. I assumed this was a port navigation light, but I couldn’t see one on the boat you passed. What are the rules on the canal regarding navigation lights? Do you only need them if you go on rivers, or what?

    • Yes, you only need them for tidal rivers really but my boat happens to have them so I switch them on in the tunnels to help me see where the sides of the tunnel are.

  3. Very much enjoyed this one David; loved the little villages and the Herons as well. Thanks for sharing.

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