GUC : Kings Langley to Berkhamsted

Time to continue along the Grand Union Canal or, as we shall see towards the end, the ‘Grand Junction Canal’.

Starting place is Kings Langley.

Home Park Lock

The weather started off a bit grey for this early October walk. Though it brightened up later.

Dinosaur near Kings Langley

One feature of this section of the canal is the frequency of having to swap sides vai bridges as the towpath swaps from one bank to the other.

Bridge 158


Kings Langley


Canal boat hire


Bridge 154

Apsley was going to be the end of the previous section of the walk but I ran out of time – as I approached Kings Langley I calculated I had another hour or so to get to Apsley – undertaking the section today did actually take about an hour, so I was right on the previous walk to stop where and when I did or I would have been quite late getting home.

Apsley Marina


Apsley Lock Marina


Swing bridge at Marina


Lock 65

As I got past Hemel Hempstead, the grey clouds which had dominated the walk since the start began to thin and roll away.

Clouds moving away


Blue skies approaching


Canal bend at Boxmoor


More blue skies on the approach to Winkwell

Around Winkwell there are some lovely pubs and the scenery is quite pretty, especially as the sky started to turn blue.

Winkwell railway bridge


Winkwell dock


Winkwell dock


Winkwell swing bridge (147)


Approaching Bourne End


Canalside houses at Bourne end


Winkwell lock is a bit overgrown on the gates


Canal widens near the Pix Farm

After Winkwell the sun was out and all the colours of the countryside came to life.

Scenic reflections


Bridge 145


Bottom Side Lock (57)

It was a fairly quiet walk – not too many other people out this day.

Descending from the cross-over at bridge 143


Entering Berkhamsted


Grand Junction Canal = Grand Union Canal


Ravens Lane Lock


Old building with decorations related to the opening of the Canal

The walk ended at Berkhamsted with a short diversion to get to the railway station.

Final bridge (141) and the end of this walk

Total distance: 13.72 km (8.5 mi)
Total time: 3:06:51
Moving time: 2:50:32
Average speed: 4.41 km/h (2.7 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 4.83 km/h (3.0 mi/h)
Max speed: 13.01 km/h (8.1 mi/h)
Fastest pace: 4:37 min/km (7:25 min/mi)
Max elevation: 171 m (560 ft)
Min elevation: 110 m (362 ft)
Elevation gain: 173 m (567 ft)


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