Grand Union Canal  
General Information
Paddle Points

Pirates' Castle

Tesco Bulls Bridge Southall

Bull's Bridge

Junction between the Brentford Arm and the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal.


Large Tescos opposite the bridge, with moorings.

Industrial estate

There is a spot here where you can launch. The property is private but unused on a Sunday except for the occasional fisherman. The bit where you will put in links directly to the canal downstream of the Cowley lock.


I used this as an alternative on a Sunday when the marina opposite was closed.

Packet Boat Marina parking

Cowley Lock #89

Cowley Lock Bistro

Great little place for a coffee and cake/panini/sandwich in the old toll house

The Malt Shovel

Cowley Mill Road, Uxbridge

Put in from canal side. Small car park at corner of Wallingford Road & Cowley Mill Road.

The General Elliot

The Dolphin

Swan and Bottle

Uxbridge Lock

Denham lock

The Coy Carp

Not likely to score high marks in any beer guide, the Coy Carp (a long time ago it was The Fisheries Inn) however is on the canal bank, has a formulaic menu and a large car park. Worth a courtesy pint/lunch if you have been using the parking facilities.

Harefield 'The Fisheries'

Slalom gates at Coppermill Lock.

The Bliss Trail (Eastern Region)

The Bliss Canoe Trail

"The longest round tour possible" 862.25 miles 1388km a circumnavigation of England by Inland Waterways.

From Canoe by William Bliss published in 1934

The trail is divided into regional sections with the aspiration that each RDT will facilitate and publish an annual opportunity for paddlers to complete their section of the tour.

The White Bear

Day 28 Bliss Trail Expedition

Finish for Day 28 Bliss Trail Expedition

Tring and Cow Roast

Put in either side of lock.


Limited parking on the small lane north of the bridge. Please park considerately.

Lock

Lock

Lock

Lock

Lock

Lock

Wendover Arm Little Tringforf

Paddle down to bulborne and then do tring summit - out and back route approx. 8 miles

Lock

Buckland Lock

Broughton Lane , Aylesbury. Ca

Broughton Lane car park, Aylesbury.


Small car park on East side of Aylesbury ,half a mile north of A41 aproach to town.Turn off at double set of traffic lights ( coming from East). Car park on right immediately before old hump backed bridge..

Room for up to 10 cars(If tidly parked). At a Lock .Used by dog walkers,Fishermen, And Canoeists (me).Can be filled if fishing matchon otherwise usually accessible.

Reasonable paddle to next lock (1.8 miles) and 13 more locks to Marsworth on main Grand Union.( about 7 miles)

Beautifully rural and remote route with very little traffic and a good chance of wildlife; kingfishers, ducks, cormorants (yes) and ,if you're lucky and quiet, possibly Chinese Water Deer,but don't tell anyone!!

BCU or Canal & Rivers Trust licence required.

Slapton Lock

park by side of road 3 Cars, Portage down slip to lock and put in below lock. Paddle to Grove Lock/Pub, 1 Portage and then 1 by pub. Out and back, time depends on how long you stay in the grove pub.

Church Lock

The Grove Lock

Grove Lock

The Bliss Trail (Southern Region)

The Bliss Canoe Trail

"The longest round tour possible" 862.25 miles 1388km a circumnavigation of England by Inland Waterways.

From Canoe by William Bliss published in 1934

The trail is divided into regional sections with the aspiration that each RDT will facilitate and publish an annual opportunity for paddlers to complete their section of the tour.

The Southern region have two sections - this one on the way North from London and a section on the Kennet & Avon back into London

The Grove Lo]ck Launch

Leighton Buzzard Lock

The Globe Inn

3 Locks Launch

Easy access launch, right next to a free car park and the 3 Locks Pub

3 Locks - 1

3 Locks - 2

The 3 Locks Inn

3 Locks - 3

The Old Dairy Farm Camp Site (MK17 9BF)

Nice small camp site with small toilets/showers and washing up block.


launching onto the canal is either over a fence(from the site) down by the canal bridge (steep steps) or from a lay-by, on the opposite side of the canal, involving a 50 mtr walk (from the bridge) along a busy main road (no foot path).


A nice canal paddle either to Leighton Buzzard (South 3 miles) past the Three Locks Pub or Milton Keynes (North 5 miles)

The Bliss Trail (East Midlands Region)

The Bliss Canoe Trail

"The longest round tour possible" 862.25 miles 1388km a circumnavigation of England by Inland Waterways.

From Canoe by William Bliss published in 1934

The trail is divided into regional sections with the aspiration that each RDT will facilitate and publish an annual opportunity for paddlers to complete their section of the tour.

The Bliss Trail (East Midlands Region)

The Bliss Canoe Trail

"The longest round tour possible" 862.25 miles 1388km a circumnavigation of England by Inland Waterways.

From Canoe by William Bliss published in 1934

The trail is divided into regional sections with the aspiration that each RDT will facilitate and publish an annual opportunity for paddlers to complete their section of the tour.

This section of the trail is yet to be adopted

Bliss Trail Day 1 Finish

Finish for Bliss Trail Epedition Day 1

Whilton Locks

Put in below (South)of the locks and you have miles of lock free canal.Small amount of roadside parking.May be able to park at marina if you ask,there is a Cafe Too.

Gumley Road ,north of Gumley

Launching point by small bridge on minor road. Parking for a few cars alongside

Bridge on minor Gumley Road

Near Saddington Tunnel

By bridge on minor road just south of Saddington Tunnel

Ervin's Lock

Fallen tree

Tree fallen on the left, ensure you stay as far right as possible when going down the weir. It does flat 3/4 of the way down to get a couple of paddle strokes to the right

Minor Wier

If water level is high its able to pass both ways but when low its best to hop out your kayak. Centre segment carries the strongest flow. (Flow is head towards Cossington)

Norton Junction

Canal junction,Leicester branch and main Grand Union.New Inn pub nearby on waterside,next to A5.

Eastern end of Braunston Tunnel

Western end of Braunston Tunnel

Dunn's Lock

Bush Lock

Mill Lane Bridge

Kings Lock

Marks the change from Grand Union Canal to Soar Navigation

Gees Lock

Can portage between the River Soar and Canal at this point and again at Soar Valley Way bridge

Whetstone Lock

Whetstone Lane Lock

Wigrams Campsite

http://wigrams.net/


Nice big field so not packed like sardines, decent facilities, near the join of the Grand union and the Oxford canal so plently of paddling options.

Knowle Locks

Loughborough Lock

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