GUC : Cowley Peachey to Rickmansworth
Time for the first canal walk of 2013 and luckily this mid April weekend saw blue skies all day Saturday – an ideal chance for one of the longest stretches so far – just over 10 miles from Cowley Peachey Junction to Rickmansworth. This required a morning departure from home at 11:00 and resulted in a late’ish return (7 pm). Slightly daunting is the long stretch across the Colne Valley, as there are very few options for cutting the journey short if it takes too long. Armed with a SatNav, a guide book, sandwiches, water and a camera, I set out.
I was using my Android phone and Google’s MyTracks to follow the progress of the walk. According to the GPS unit I had travelled over 16 km or 10 miles, for this section of the canal.
Total distance: 16.16 km (10.0 mi) Total time: 3:51:21 Moving time: 3:34:21 Average speed: 4.19 km/h (2.6 mi/h) Average moving speed: 4.52 km/h (2.8 mi/h) Max speed: 11.71 km/h (7.3 mi/h) Max elevation: 108 m (355 ft) Min elevation: 55 m (180 ft) Elevation gain: 283 m (928 ft)
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