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The Grand Union Canal Walk

Background

The Grand Union Canal runs for 147 miles from Paddington right into the heart of Birmingham. As it links the two biggest cities in Britain it was a major transport link before the coming of the railways, although nowadays it is almost exclusively used by pleasure craft.

I walked the Grand Union Canal in sections between 1999 and 2001, extending it slightly by adding the Regents Canal from Mile End in East London to the southern end. The walk passes through some pretty countrysde, and even when going through cities or towns it keeps a rural, attractive air. The walking is easy with no significant climbs and a generally good towpath underfoot, which makes it an ideal training walk for long-distance walkers.

The map.

 

PB110142	A man tying up a working boat in Gas Street Basin.
     
AI20	The canal at Bulbourne.
PB110142 A man tying up a working boat in Gas Street Basin.
     
AI20 The canal at Bulbourne.


The walk in full:

No.From To Distance Status
1 Mile End Paddington 8.3 Completed
2 Paddington Alperton 6.4 Completed
3 Alperton Cowley Peachey Junction 12.5 Completed
4 Cowley Peachey Junction Kings Langley Station 16.2 Completed
5 Kings Langley Station Hemel Hempstead Station 4.2 Completed
6 Hemel Hempstead Station Tring Station 8 Completed
7 Tring Station Cheddington Station 6.1 Completed
8 Cheddington Station Bletchley Station 13.3 Completed
9 Bletchley Station Wolverton Station 11.9 Completed
10 Wolverton Station Bugbrooke 16.6 Completed
11 Bugbrooke Braunston Junction 13.5 Completed
12 Braunston Junction Leamington Spa 16.1 Completed
13 Leamington Spa Solihull Station 20.9 Completed
14 Solihull Station Birmingham (New Street) 12.1 Completed

 

PA270061	Looking back at Braunston along the canal.
     
P9290013	The sign at Gayton Junction - Northsmpton 4.75 miles, Brentford 77 miles and Brauston 16.5 miles.
PA270061 Looking back at Braunston along the canal.
     
P9290013 The sign at Gayton Junction - Northsmpton 4.75 miles, Brentford 77 miles and Brauston 16.5 miles.

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