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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


Details:

Waymark: Named black discs
Path Type
Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark
Named black discs
Attributes
Easy; Canal
Start
TQ262819 - Little Venice, Paddington, Gtr London
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Finish
SP062866 - Birmingham, Gas Street Basin, W Midlands
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Open Date
1993

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

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Grand Union Canal (South): A Towpath Guide (Tempus Publishing Ltd - 2005)
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Grand Union Canal (North): Towpath Guide (Tempus Publishing Ltd - 2006)
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Exploring the Regentís Canal (Brewin Books Ltd - 1994)
Leaflet
Aylesbury Arm (Buckinghamshire County Council)
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Wendover Arm (Buckinghamshire County Council)
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Grand Union Canal an Explorers Guide (British Waterways - Fazeley - 2000)
Book
Big Walks of London (John Merrill Foundation - 2008)
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Grand Union Canal Walk (Aurum Press - 1993)
Booklet
Explore Londonís Canals (British Waterways - Enfield)
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Accommodation Guide (British Waterways - Braunston - 1995/6)
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Charnwood Guest House  (bookable online)
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Holiday Inn Leamington Spa  (bookable online)
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Chesford Grange  (bookable online)
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Machado Gallery  (bookable online)
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Holiday Inn Express - Warwick  (bookable online)
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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