Grand 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.
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