GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Grand Union Canal Walk

145 miles (234 km)

Follow the towpath of Britain's longest canal from London to Birmingham on this fabulous waterside walk. You start in West London in a lively and attractive area with canalside bars and restaurants, before heading towards the Chiltern Hills, on through rural Northamptonshire and Warwickshire and into the Birmingham suburbs. Highlights include

  • Little Venice - the start of the walk in West London with trendy bars/cafes and historical old factories and warehouses. From here the towpath follows the Paddington Canal Arm to Hayes.
  • Iron Trunk Aqueduct - a magnificent Georgian structure, which carries the Grand Union Canal over the River Ouse, connecting the villages of Cosgrove and Wolverton
  • Willen Lake - Milton Keynes most popular park with cycling, pedalos, mini-golf and a cafe.
  • Tring Reservoirs - These four reservoirs in Tring are one of the best places for birdwatching in England. They are located next to the Wendover Canal Arm which will take you into the town of Wendover.
  • Linford Lakes-this lovely nature reserve in Milton Keynes has a number of pretty lakes and ponds
  • Hatton Locks - located near Warwick, this flight delivers 21 locks in less than two miles
  • The Canal Museum - located at the lovely village of Stoke Bruerne the museum houses stories, films, collections and displays all about our waterways.
  • Cassiobury Park and Whippendell Woods are right next to the canal in Watford and are worth exploring if you have time.

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Grand Union Canal Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Grand Union Canal Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


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Ealing, London

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Canal Lock at Berkhamsted, Herts

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Canal Locks near Northchurch

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Locks and beautiful countryside as you apporach Offchurch, Warwickshire

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Knowle Locks, flight of 5 locks

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Hatton, Birmingham

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GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Grand Union Canal Walk.mmo (right click - 'Save As')