2017 Routes, Prices & Buffets

The stretch of the Grand Union Canal in our area has a lot to offer, from attractive open countryside to history and engineering: adjacent to our base are both Cosgrove Lock, and Cosgrove’s well-known ornamental bridge, and within a few minutes cruising is the famous 'Iron Trunk' aqueduct over the Great Ouse river.  Also in easy reach are the Victorian industrial buildings of Wolverton Works, the new (1991) aqueduct over Grafton Street in Northern Milton Keynes, and New Bradwell Windmill, as well as the rural landscape of South Northamptonshire.  There are a number of attractive canal side pubs, for those who would like to break their trip for a while, to eat or just to relax with a quiet drink.

We offer a range of ‘standard’ return trips, from our Cosgrove base – the letters relate to the accompanying map:


1 Hour Cruises

Cruise 1  - A-B-A:        Through the lock to Wolverton Wharf, passing over the Iron Trunk aqueduct:

50-60 mins. Approx.   £125-00

Cruise 2  - A-C-A:        Through Cosgrove village and the ornamental bridge to Castlethorpe Wharf:

50-60 mins. approx.   £125-00


2 Hour Cruises

Cruise 3  - A-D-A:        Through the lock and on to New Bradwell windmill, including the Iron Trunk and Grafton St. Aqueducts:

2 hours approx.  £225-00

Cruise 4  - A-E-A:         Through Cosgrove village and the ornamental bridge to Yardley Gobion Wharf through open countryside:

2 hours approx. £225-00

Cruise 5  - A-B-E-A:     A figure-eight route passing through the lock to Wolverton Wharf, passing over the Iron Trunk aqueduct and then heading north through Cosgrove village and the ornamental bridge to Castlethorpe Wharf:

1 3/4 - 2 hours approx. £225-00


3 Hour Cruises

Cruise 6  - A-C-D-A:    A figure-eight route through Cosgrove village and the ornamental bridge to Castlethorpe Wharf and then heading south through the lock and on to New Bradwell windmill, including the Iron Trunk and Grafton St. Aqueducts: 

3 hours approx. £300-00

Cruise 7  -A-E-B-A:    A figure-eight route passing through the lock, over the Iron Trunk aqueduct to Wolverton Wharf and then heading North through Cosgrove village and the ornamental bridge to Yardley Gobion Wharf:

3 hours approx. £300-00


4 Hour Cruises

Cruise 8  - A-F-A:        Through the lock over the Iron Trunk and Grafton Street aqueducts passing New Bradwell windmill, and continuing through  Stantonbury Fields to Great Linford: 

4 hours approx. £350-00

Cruise 9  - A-G-A:       Through Cosgrove village and the ornamental bridge then through open countryside passing Yardley Gobion Wharf and Grafton Regis to Stoke Bruerne Bottom Lock.

4 hours approx. £350-00

Cruise 10 -A-D-E-A:    A figure-eight route passing through the lock and on to New Bradwell windmill, including the Iron Trunk and Grafton St. Aqueducts and then heading North through Cosgrove village and the ornamental bridge to Yardley Gobion Wharf:

4 hours approx. £350-00


5 Hour Cruises

Cruise 11 -A-G-B-A:    A figure-eight route passing through Cosgrove village and the ornamental bridge then through open countryside passing Yardley Gobion Wharf and Grafton Regis to Stoke Bruerne Bottom Lock then heading South through the lock, over the Iron Trunk aqueduct to Wolverton Wharf:

5 hours approx. £400-00

Cruise 12 -A-G-B-A:    A figure-eight route passing through the lock over the Iron Trunk and Grafton Street aqueducts passing New Bradwell windmill, and continuing through  Stantonbury Fields to Great Linford then heading North through Cosgrove village and the ornamental bridge to Castlethorpe Wharf:

5 hours approx. £400-00


6 Hour Cruises

Cruise 13  - A-H-A:       Through the lock over the Iron Trunk and Grafton Street aqueducts passing New Bradwell windmill, and continuing through  Stantonbury Fields and Great Linford to Campbell Park (near Central Milton Keynes): 

6 hours approx. £450-00

Cruise 14  -A-D-G-A:     A figure-eight route passing through the lock and on to New Bradwell windmill, including the Iron Trunk and Grafton St. Aqueducts and then heading North through Cosgrove village and the ornamental bridge then through open countryside passing Yardley Gobion Wharf and Grafton Regis to Stoke Bruerne Bottom Lock:

6 hours approx. £450-00

Cruise 15 -A-F-E-A:     A figure-eight route passing through the lock over the Iron Trunk and Grafton Street aqueducts passing New Bradwell windmill, and continuing through  Stantonbury Fields to Great Linford the heading North through Cosgrove village and the ornamental bridge to Yardley Gobion Wharf:

6 hours approx. £450-00


7 Hour Cruises

Cruise 16 -A-H-B-A:     A figure-eight route passing through the lock over the Iron Trunk and Grafton Street aqueducts passing New Bradwell windmill, and continuing through  Stantonbury Fields and Great Linford to Campbell Park (near Central Milton Keynes) then heading North through Cosgrove village and the ornamental bridge to Castlethorpe Wharf:

7 hours approx. £500-00

Cruise 17 -A-G, G-A:    An alternative Day Out, cruising to the bottom lock at Stoke Bruerne and stopping for around three hours to explore the famous canal village, lunch in one of the pubs and see the nearby Blisworth Tunnel.  We can provide passengers on this cruise with  admission tickets to the Canal Museum at discounted prices:  

7 hours approx. £465-00


8 Hour Cruises

Cruise 18 -A-F-G-A:     A figure-eight route passing through the lock over the Iron Trunk and Grafton Street aqueducts passing New Bradwell windmill, and continuing through  Stantonbury Fields to Great Linford then heading North through Cosgrove village and the ornamental bridge then through open countryside passing Yardley Gobion Wharf and Grafton Regis to Stoke Bruerne Bottom Lock:

8 hours approx. £540-00

Cruise 19 -A-H-E-A:     A figure-eight route passing through the lock over the Iron Trunk and Grafton Street aqueducts passing New Bradwell windmill, and continuing through  Stantonbury Fields and Great Linford to Campbell Park (near Central Milton Keynes) then heading North through Cosgrove village and the ornamental bridge then through open countryside to Yardley Gobion Wharf:

8 hours approx. £540-00


9 Hour Cruises

Cruise 20 –A-J-A:       Our ‘All-Day’ cruise, exploring the entire length of the 11 ¾  mile pound from Cosgrove to Fenny Stratford Lock (a short stop to stretch your legs or visit the canal side pub at Fenny Stratford is included): 

Nine hours approx. £565-00


The list above is far from exclusive – we will be happy to fit in with your requirements wherever possible.  We can pick you up at a different location, although this does incur a small extra charge;  or travel to different points, as long as we can turn the boat around!  All of the trips above pass by at least one decent pub, so we can stop off on the way if you wish.

We can provide buffet catering if required, so that you can eat whilst cruising;  we have a CD player for background music, or can offer a disco or live music if you prefer – for groups who may want to take in the local history of the canal, we can offer either an outline commentary by your Captain (free of charge) or a detailed commentary by a local canal historian @ £10-00/hr.

All prices are for the whole-boat charter, for up to forty passengers, and are zero-rated for VAT. 


Buffet Catering Prices:


The Standard Buffet (ham, turkey, quiche, pork pie, salad, tomatoes, cheese board, rolls & butter, dips, gateaux)  £10-00 per head


The Luxury Buffet (smoked salmon, roast beef, turkey, ham, quiche, pork pie, salad, tomatoes, coleslaw, cheese board & biscuits,  rolls & butter, tortia chips & assorted dips, gateaux or cheese cake)   £12-50 per head


A buffet tailored to your request can be arranged   £12.50 per head


Cream Teas (fresh-baked scones, double cream, jams, fresh seasonal fruit & cream, tea or coffee )   £6.50 per head


Please note actual menus served may vary slightly from the above.

The above prices are for payment by cash, cheque or debit card.

Credit cards are subject to a 2% surcharge to cover the charge’s made by the credit card companies.

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