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Named black discsGrand Union Canal Walk

234 km / 145 miles

Bucks, Herts, Gtr London, Northants, Warks, W Midlands
This first national waterways walk was created as part of the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the creation of the canal companies that later formed the Grand Union Canal. Being almost entirely towpath it provides much for those interested in canal history.

From the centre of London at Little Venice the canal heads to Slough and then through Hertfordshire and the Chilterns to Tring. Apart from the stretch through Milton Keynes the route is then largely rural passing the Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne to Leamington Spa and Warwick. The final stretch is through the suburbs of Birmingham.

From Little Venice the Regentís Canal (8Ĺ miles) takes the walker to Limehouse Basin and the Thames Path National Trail and on the way the Hertford Union Canal (1Ĺ miles) provides a link to the Lea Valley Walk.

At Startop's End, near Marsworth, the Aylesbury Arm (6 miles) provides a link to that town. Similarly at Bulbourne the Wendover Arm (6 miles) links to Wendover.

The Two Ridges Link (8 miles and on OS mapping) at Leighton Buzzard gives access to the Ridgeway National Trail and the Greensand Ridge Walk.

Strider News - December 2014 (Publication Update)

New route guide from Revd John N Merrill ISBN 978-0992781668


Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Named black discs Waymark: Named black discs
Attributes: Easy; Canal
TQ262819 - Little Venice, Paddington, Gtr London
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SP062866 - Birmingham, Gas Street Basin, W Midlands
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Open Date: 1993
Web Sites: Canal & River Trust - Grand Union Canal
  A walk along the Grand Union Canal from London to Birmingham

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Book: Grand Union, Oxford & the South East No. 1 (Collins Nicholson Waterways Guides)
Paperback: Walking the Grand Union Canal from London to Birmingham (John Merrill Foundation - 2014)
Paperback: Grand Union Canal (South): A Towpath Guide (Tempus Publishing Ltd - 2005)
Paperback: Grand Union Canal (North): Towpath Guide (Tempus Publishing Ltd - 2006)
Paperback: Exploring the Regentís Canal (Brewin Books Ltd - 1994)
Paperback: Walking the Canals of London: Regent Canal, Grand Union Canal & River Thames Walks (John Merrill Foundation - 2006)
Leaflet: Aylesbury Arm (Buckinghamshire County Council)
Leaflet: Wendover Arm (Buckinghamshire County Council)
Leaflet: Grand Union Canal an Explorers Guide (British Waterways - Fazeley - 2000)
Book: Big Walks of London (John Merrill Foundation - 2008)
Paperback: Grand Union Canal Walk (Aurum Press - 1993)
Booklet: Explore Londonís Canals (British Waterways - Enfield)
Booklet: Accommodation Guide (British Waterways - Braunston - 1995/6)
Paperback: Grand Union Canal Walk (A Cicerone guide) (Cicerone Press - 1996)

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Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger: 139151152165166176
OS Landranger Active: 139151152165166176
OS Explorer: 160161172173181182192207220221222223
OS Explorer Active: 160161172173181182192207220221222223
Other Paper Maps:
Stripmap: Grand Union Canal map 1: Birmingham to Fenny Stratford (GEOprojects - 2008)
Stripmap: Grand Union Canal map 2: Braunston to Kings Langley (GEOprojects - 2008)
Stripmap: Grand Union Canal map 3: Fenny Stratford to the Thames (GEOprojects - 2008)

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Walking Support Providers:

Support Providers: Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Beks Treks UK)

Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

From Path Along Path
Hostel Accommodation: London Central YHA, 104 Bolsover Street, London 3 Km < 1 Km
Hostel Accommodation: London Oxford Street YHA, 14 Noel Street, London 3 Km < 1 Km
Hostel Accommodation: London St Pancras YHA, 79-81 Euston Road, London 4 Km < 1 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Smart Russell Sq. Hostel, Guildford Street, London 4 Km < 1 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Clink 261, Kings Cross, London 4 Km < 1 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Clink Hostel, 78 Kings Cross Rd, Kings Cross 5 Km < 1 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Travel Joy Hostel 5 Km < 1 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Smart Hyde Park View, Craven Hill Gdns, Bayswater, London 1 Km < 1 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Smart Hyde Park Inn, Inverness Terr, Bayswater, London 1 Km < 1 Km
Hostel Accommodation: London Earls Court YHA, 38 Bolton Gardens, London 3 Km < 1 Km
Hotels: London Lodge Hotel  (bookable online) 3 Km 1 Km
Self-catering: Castletown House  (bookable online) 4 Km 1 Km
Hostel Accommodation: London Holland Park YHA, Holland Walk, Kensington, London 2 Km 1 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Hostel 639, Harrow Road, Kensal Green, London < 1 Km 4 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Globetrotter Inn London, Ravenscourt Gdns, Stamford Brook 4 Km 4 Km
Hotels: Lindal Hotel  (bookable online) 4 Km 13 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Milton Keynes YHA, Vicarage Road, Milton Keynes, Bucks 1 Km 115 Km
Other: Mill House  (bookable online) < 1 Km 185 Km
B & B Accommodation: Charnwood Guest House  (bookable online) 1 Km 189 Km
Hotels: Holiday Inn Leamington Spa  (bookable online) < 1 Km 190 Km
Hotels: Chesford Grange  (bookable online) 4 Km 192 Km
B & B Accommodation: Park Cottage  (bookable online) 1 Km 194 Km
B & B Accommodation: Machado Gallery  (bookable online) 5 Km 195 Km
Hotels: Hilton Warwick / Stratford-upon-Avon  (bookable online) 3 Km 195 Km
Hotels: Holiday Inn Express - Warwick  (bookable online) 3 Km 195 Km
B & B Accommodation: Croft Guest House  (bookable online) 4 Km 203 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Hatters Hostel Birmingham < 1 Km 233 Km

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Connected Paths:

E Routes: E-Route 2 UK Section - Dover to Kirk Yetholm
National Trails (England & Wales): Ridgeway National Trail
Paths Marked on OS mapping: Aylesbury Ring; Beeches Way; Capital Ring; Centenary Way (Warwickshire); Chiltern Way; Colne Valley Routes; Cross Bucks Way; Ebury Way; Greensand Ridge Walk; Hanslope Circular Ride; Heart of England Way; Hillingdon Trail; Jurassic Way; Macmillan Way - Boston to Abbotsbury; Midshires Way; Milton Keynes Boundary Walk; Nene Way; North Bucks Way; Ouse Valley Walk; Ouse Valley Way; Oxford Canal Walk; Shakespeare's Avon Way; Shakespeare's Way; Solihull Way; South Bucks Way; Swan's Way; Two Ridges Link
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Other Paths: Aylesbury Arm; Birmingham and Aberystwyth Walk; Celandine Route; Church2Church Walks in Warwickshire; Cole Valley Way (Project Kingfisher); Colne Valley Trail (Sections 1 and 2); Green London Way; Harry Green Way; Hertford Union Canal; Hobblers Way (Coast to Coast - Wash to Severn); Jubilee Greenway Walk; Lea Valley Walk; Leicester Line Canal Walk; London Countryway; London Green Belt Way; Middlesex Greenway; Millennium Way (Warks); Navigation Way; Northamptonshire Round; Orange Way; Outer Aylesbury Ring; Regent's Canal; Stratford-upon-Avon Canal Walk; WaLK, The; Warwickshire Cakes and Ale Trail; Wendover Arm; Worcester and Birmingham Canal Walk
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Anytime Challenges: Gerald Colton Way


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Route Profile:

234.4 Km (145.6 miles)
1,426 m (4,678 ft) ascent
154 m (505 ft)  maximum height