Where East meets West…. Midlands.
I can walk to Warwickshire and back again in about 8 minutes. The county-line is a stream that runs down the hill behind Braunston playing fields into the canal.
Has a history as a boating town. It was once served by two railway lines. One station close to the marina in Wolfhamcote, and the other about a mile up the road in Willoughby.
It’s somewhere I’ve moored a few times over the years.
- 4 pubs. The Nelson, The Wheatsheef, The Plough, The Boat
- 3 Chandlers of sorts. Midlands Chandlers, Braunston Marina Chandlers, Tradline (rope and fender).
- Post Office & Convenience store.
- Fish and chip shop.
- Knick & knack and icecream shop.
- Broadband that works. At different speeds depending on where you moor up.
- and other numerous other small business concerns around the local environs.
Due to this, and it’s location on the convergence of the Oxford and the Grand Union main line make it a favorite stopover for boaters, even if it is just for one or two nights.
The stop house is the toll house for the canal in the area. It now houses a small canal museum.
Also, it’s home to the CRT East Midlands enforcement crew.
Last year I dropped in here and picked up a Cruising Record, a log of all the locations that the CRT had logged for my vessel.
Like on the underground Oxford Circus.
Not really though……