Braunston lies at the junction of the Grand Union Canal and the Oxford Canal in a truly rural setting on the border of Northamptonshire and Warwickshire.
The village, on the hill above the canal, thrived for over 150 years on the canal trade - carrying goods from the Midlands to London. Now it is a centre for leisure activities and boasts by far and away the busiest stretch of canal anywhere in the country.
The biggest single canal enterprise is the Marina (on the A45); in addition there is a score of smaller businesses providing all the needs of the modern boater.
On the towpath near the Marina is "The Stop House" where, in the old days, tolls were collected from the passing boats.
The village itself is on a ridge above the canal where All Saints' Church dominates the countryside for miles around. Built in 1849, it is the third church on the site and the Norman font still survives from the first; there is much of interest to see in the church which prides itself in its music. A visit is well worthwhile.
The day visitor will enjoy strolling along the well kept towpaths or walking up to the village where, as well as the church, there are two pubs and a small group of shops (see below). There is also a canal-side shop near the bottom lock selling souvenirs and a limited range of food and ices.
For those who enjoy a stroll, there is a free leaflet, "Discover Historic Braunston", giving details of circular walks around the village and descriptions of what to look out for. This is available from most shops and pubs. Also available is a booklet "Discover Braunston - a brief history of the village" for just £1.
The more dedicated walker will enjoy the two long-distance walks (which pass by): these are from London to Birmingham and from Oxford to Coventry. Also, free guides are available for 120 walks in Northamptonshire, and other counties as well.