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BLISWORTH TUNNEL CIRCULAR WALK | NORTHANTS | 6.5 MILES | MODERATE ROUTE
November 5, 2019 @ 9:45 am - 1:00 pm GMT
MEETING PLACE: Park near the Church and meet outside (look out for Julia in the high-vis vest)
WALK LEADER: Julia Doherty
ABOUT THE WALK – grade: MODERATE
We will begin at the canal-side of Blisworth, the route takes a path high above the canal embankment as far as the tunnel entrance, before veering away from the canal's course. The countryside is marvellous and undulating, with far-reaching views. The old dismantled railway is crossed twice near the southern end of the tunnel on the edge of Stoke Bruerne before the walk heads northwards again. Field-paths and fine old bridleways with just a short section of canal towpath from the tunnel entrance, lead back to the bridge at Blisworth.
The tunnel, begun in 1793, was opened in 1805, the same year that the route of the Grand Junction Canal at Braunston (where it joined the Oxford Canal) to Brentford and Paddington, was completed. 3,056 yards in length, it is one of the longest navigable tunnels on the system. In the days of horsedrawn boats, the horses were taken over the top of the tunnel whilst the boats were painstakingly legged through the tunnel, a perilous undertaking resulting in many deaths, but one of the necessary risks that boating families faced on a daily basis in making a living.
AFTER THE EVENT
We will grab a drink and perhaps something to eat at the pub afterwards (if we have enough energy!)
WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU
- Good trainers or walking shoes (and other clothes of course!).
- Please bring snacks and a drink for this walk. Sweets are provided and we will stop a few times to catch our breath and enjoy the scenery.
- Money for a drink in the pub afterwards
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? No. Just bring yourself and then tell the organisers your name when you arrive. We will then check you in.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
There are no permissions expressed or implied by the Adventure Geek organisers. Participants make use of the facilities at their own risk and without express permission from the Adventure Geek organisers.
Walking is a physically active sport. If you have any doubts about your abilities, you should always seek advice from your GP before embarking on an Adventure Geek walk.
By registering for an event you accept that you do so entirely at your own risk and that it is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and able to take part in the event. We regroup often and our walks cater for all levels of fitness.
Children under the age of 16 years old are the responsibility of their parents or guardians and need to be accompanied at all times before, during and after the walk.
Adventure Geek volunteers do not accept responsibility for injury, loss and damage sustained by a participant unless the above injury, loss and damage are proven to have been caused as a direct result of negligence on the part of the organisers.
Dogs are welcome on the majority of our walks, however, we kindly ask that only one dog per walker and that the welfare of the animal remains your responsibility throughout your walk. On occasion, we may add a note of “No dogs allowed” on specific walks (usually those with cattle), please respect this note.