GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

CosgroveCanal Walk

9 miles (14.2 km)

This canalside Northamptonshire based village is a nice place to start a walk. There's easy trails along the Grand Union Canal and more waterside walks along the River Great Ouseto the south.
This circular walk from the village takes you along a section of the Grand Union Canal before following a section of the Hanslope Circular Ride through the countryside to the neighbouring village of Castlethorpe.
The walk starts in the village where you can pick up a section of the Milton Keynes Boundary Walk and follow it north along the canal towpath to Thrupp Wharf and Yardley Wharf near Yardley Gobion.
Just before Grafton Regis you turn east to link up with the Hanslope Circular Ride. This shared cycling and walking trail will takes you south past Lincoln Lodge to Castlethorpe. From here you head south west, crossing the River Tove near Castlethorpe Mill before skirting the edge of Cosgrove Leisure Park and returning to the village. From here you can extend the walk by heading south east to visit the The Iron Trunk Aqueduct. The structure was built in 1811 and carries theGrand Union Canalover theRiver Great Ouse, on the borders between Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire.


MK19 7JD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Cosgrove OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Cosgrove Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The Barley Mow is a good choice for post walk refreshment. Housed in a lovely 17th Century building the pub boasts a large beer garden to relax in during the summer months. You can find them next to the canal at postcode MK19 7JD.

Dog Walking

The towpaths make for a pleasant dog walk and the Barley Mow mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head south and you could enjoy a stroll along the River Great Ouseto the Stony Stratford Nature Reserve. There's several ponds with lots of wildlife to look out for here.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Northamptonshire Walks page.


Cosgrove on the Southern Grand Union Canal - - 30529

Cosgrove on the Southern Grand Union Canal

The Barley Mow Pub, Cosgrove (geograph 1694236)

The Barley Mow Pub, Cosgrove

Solomon's Bridge, Cosgrove - - 531251

Solomon's Bridge, Cosgrove. This bridge, no. 65, is one of the most unusual on the canal network - nowhere else is this gothic style used. It was probably built this way in 1800 to appease a local landlord, but the exact circumstances are lost in the mists of time.

Thrupp Wharf - - 570175

Thrupp Wharf

Yardley Gobion - - 453127

Yardley Gobion

Grafton Regis - - 453146

Grafton Regis. A view from the bridge which takes the Milton Keynes Boundary Walk over the Grand Union Canal.

The Iron Trunk - - 112597

The Iron Trunk. Canal boat passing over the Iron Trunk aqueduct over the River Great Ouse near Cosgrove

Cosgrove Leisure Park - - 2496298

Cosgrove Leisure Park


GPS Files

GPX File

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

Memory Map Route

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