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

Photos

A passing narrowboat is going home on the Grand Union Canal - geograph.org.uk - 1340278

A passing narrowboat is going home on the Grand Union Canal

A sharp bend, Nethercote, Grand Union Canal - geograph.org.uk - 1328585

A sharp bend, Nethercote, Grand Union Canal

Grand Union Canal, Gas 1 Lock No. 49 - geograph.org.uk - 591599

Grand Union Canal, Gas 1 Lock No. 49. This is the first, going downstream towards London, of the two adjacent Gas Locks, reflecting their proximity to the site of Berkhamsted's former gasworks. In this picture Concorde II makes a determined exit from the lock, while the operator of Haznortra Lady on the right waits patiently for his turn.

Berkhamsted-Grand Union Canal - geograph.org.uk - 1309343

Berkhamsted-Grand Union Canal. The west side of lock number 51 (Gas lock 1)

Bridge 7, Aylesbury Arm, Grand Union Canal - geograph.org.uk - 1207808

Bridge 7, Aylesbury Arm, Grand Union Canal

Bridge 14, Wooden Stepbridge - geograph.org.uk - 579743

Bridge 14, Wooden Stepbridge. This carries a public footpath across the Grand Union Canal.

Bishop Meadow Lock - geograph.org.uk - 552322

Bishop Meadow Lock. On the Grand Union Canal north of Loughborough in Leicestershire.

Broughton Lock - geograph.org.uk - 177272

Broughton Lock. This lock on the Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union Canal is immediately east of the bridge carrying the lane over canal.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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