Blisworth is a beautiful quiet, rural village in South Northamptonshire. The Grand Union canal passes through the village and many landmarks punctuate it. Most notably the iconic Blisworth Mill. This building has had many uses over time and is now divided into luxury flats. Blisworth was once one of the country's busiest inland ports due mostly to the local, thriving iron and limestone quarries. Its canalside still thrives with 2 large marinas, one, Gayton Marina (actually in Blisworth) is the base for a hire boat business and the other more recent addition, Blisworth Marina almost at the junction. There are also 2 boatyards, one at Blisworth Arm and one by the Mill,offering dry dock, mooring, day boat hire and a small chandlery.


Blisworth is easily reached by road via: - a signed junction off the nearby A43 between Towcester and Northampton. - a signed junction from the A508 just north of Roade - the M1, leaving at Junction 15 onto the A508 towards Milton Keynes and then right into Blisworth SAT NAV NN7 3BU

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The signpost at the junction only tells half the tale. Beyond Northampton the River Nene allows access to the navigable Ouse, this then allows passge to The Wash. Brentford is the gateway to the River Thames and Braunston is a mecca for all boaters. Blisworth Parish stretches as far as the second bridge down the Arm, by Sandlanding Wharf.

Candle Bridge (50) got its name from the lady, who according to local folklore, used to spend her days sitting on a small wharf selling candles for boaters to use in the tunnel.

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The area in brown on the map is the site of the Tunnel Spinney. The Tunnel Car Park is just above it and can be accessed from Stoke Rd. The newly restored Tunnel Hut can be found at the bottom of the tunnel slope. Not to be missed!


This Heritage Society interpretation board is now installed at the top of Blisworth Arm. Blisworth Canal Partnership cooperated with them to get the board installed by British Waterways
(now Canal and River Trust)


The 18 mile marker borders the towpath and demarcates the distance from Braunston. This spot saw hectic activity during the time of active local quarrying. A tramway was constructed from the ironstone pits on the outskirts of the village, passing under Stoke Rd and dropping sharply to a small bridge across the canal. Wagons were lowered down the track by cable and deposited their loads from the bridge into waiting workboats.

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one of Jim's 1000's of unseen images