GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Berkhamsted Canal Walk

6 miles (10 km)

This walk takes you along the Grand Union Canal from Berkhamsted to Tring and then on to Mawsworth. It's a very pretty section of the canal with a series of locks and nice views over the Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire countryside.
The walk starts in the town centre near the train station and the pretty Canal Fields park. You can then follow the towpath north west past Northchurch Common on the Ashridge Estate. The common has some nice woodland walking trails and feeds into the pretty Berkhamsted Common. You continue towards Tring where you will pass the lovely Tring Reservoirs. The reservoirs are a great place to extend your walk with a series of waterside footpaths and lots of birdlife to look out for on the water. After passing round Marsworth Reservoir the walk finishes in the village of Marsworth. Here the canal splits of in two directions. If you head west you can follow the Aylesbury Canal to Aylesbury.
Continuing north would take you into the Bedfordshire market town of Leighton Buzzard.

Berkhamsted Canal Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Berkhamsted Canal Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

For cyclists the town makes a good entry point for the epic Chilterns Cycleway. The signed circular trail runs for about 170 miles through the Chilterns AONB on quiet country lanes, visiting a series of delightful villages.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Berkhamsted Canal

Berkhamsted Canal

Grand Union Canal Berkhamsted

Grand Union Canal Berkhamsted

Grand Union Canal in Berkhamsted - - 591629

Grand Union Canal in Berkhamsted. On the day there was an extremely serious angling competition in progress all the way along the canal from Northchurch to Berkhamsted, and some of the participants can be seen on the opposite bank.

Northchurch top lock - - 2154341

Northchurch top lock

Lock 47, Grand Junction Canal - Dudswell Top Lock - - 3419777

Lock 47, Grand Junction Canal

Lock at Cow Roast, Grand Union Canal - - 649057

Lock at Cow Roast, Grand Union Canal

Marsworth Reservoir - - 112429

Marsworth Reservoir

The Three New Islands at College Lake - - 1226814

The Three New Islands at College Lake. Near the end of the walk you will pass the College Lake Wildlife Centre where you can look out for a wide variety of wildlife.

GPS Files

GPX File

Berkhamsted Canal Walk.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Berkhamsted Canal Walk.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)