Welcome to the Northampton Branch web pages
The Northampton Branch area covers the Grand Union between the Iron Trunk Aqueduct at Cosgrove to Braunston; the Leicester Line (Grand Union) from Norton Junction to the Welford Arm; the whole of the Northampton Arm (Grand Union) and the River Nene between Northampton and Thrapston.
Also in our area is part of the Buckingham Canal which is currently the subject of some restoration by the Buckingham Canal Society; the Westbridge Branch of the River Nene, which since 1984 has been the subject of regular clean-ups and rallies to encourage its use and keep it open to navigation, and the proposed new Daventry Canal which forms part of Daventry District Council's Town Centre Vision. Work to construct the Daventry Canal has already begun.
Full information on what the branch does can be found by using the page links on the left.
Each year we organise a Boat gathering in May. Find out more about the Annual Boat Gathering.
Work parties ard held on the first Sunday and the third Tuesday in the month.
Northampton Branch holds regular meetings on the second Tuesday of the month during the winter at The Walnut Tree PH, Blisworth at 8pm. In addition the Branch organises an Annual Boat Gathering in May and other social events throughout the year.
Members and Non-members are welcome
Refreshments and parking are available at The Walnut Tree PH and the meeting room is fully accessible. There is no charge for attending monthly meetings but we hold a raffle to offset room hire costs and speakers expenses.
See Diary page for full details of meetings
Please see information on Navigation Restrictions below.
See News Page for more details
Task parties are held regularly on weekdays and Sundays at different locations on the Arm. Work includes vegetation clearance, weeding, litter picking and painting at locks. To date Locks 14 and 17 have been completely re-painted, the lock landing below Lock 17 has been completely cleared and the narrows above Lock 17 has been cleared of overhanging vegetation. Other work has been carried out at the top of the Arm.
All are welcome. See Diary Page for date of next Task Party.
The Branch has produced a Guide to the Northampton Arm. Copies are available from a box at Gayton Yard Sanitary Station at the top of the Arm.
A Braunston Canal Walk leaflet has also been produced by Branch Member, John Pomfret.