Canal walks

Here I will be showcasing some of the interesting canalside walks in the Greater London area, such as the Grand Union Canal plus some that head further afield.


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We start with a 7 mile stretch along the Grand Union Canal, from Kew/Brentford, to Norwood.

Next comes the continuation, from Norwood to Cowley Peachey Junction.

A slight detour to take in the Slough branch of the Grand Union Canal.

We then continue north along the Grand Union Canal, from Cowley Peachey to Rickmansworth.

The next section is Rickmansworth to Kings Langley.

Then Kings Langley to Berkhamsted.

Next up, Berkhamsted to Tring.

We have two side diversions to tackle, first the Aylesbury Arm.

Then the partly disused, partly restored Wendover Arm.

Then Tring to Cheddington (close to the location of the great train robbery).

Cheddington to Linslade is the next section along the Grand Union Canal.

Lindslade to Fenny Stratford comes next.

Then comes the section from Fenny Stratford to Wolverton.

Now the walks become more difficult to plan as the railway veers away from the canal and there is little public transport to get me to/from the start/finish.

The first of these logistically challenging walks is from Wolverton to Stoke Bruerne and the southern entrance of the Blisworth tunnel.

That’s followed by Stoke Bruerne to Nether Heyford.

And then a milestone event (the mile markers count down to Braunston) is Nether Heyford to Braunston.


Next up, we have the Regents Canal, from Limehouse to the Islington tunnel.

Followed by the other half of Regents Canal, this time in the opposite direction, from the Paddington Basin back eastwards to the Islington Tunnel.


A circular route is the next canal walk, starting at Bromley by Bow, heading along the Lee River, then the Hertford Union Canal to Limehouse, then back along the Limehouse Cut to Bromley.


That’s followed by the first half of the Grand Union Canal Paddington Branch, from Bulls Bridge to Alperton.

Then the second half of the Grand Union Canal Paddington Branch, from Alperton to Paddington.

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