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Leighton Buzzard To Aylesbury

Please note that these route pages are a work in progress. The figures below indicate route length; however, not all locks and bridges are included currently, so the time required may be underestimated.

Departure Point:  
Cruising Hours: This route consists of 28.785 miles, 54 locks, 0 movable bridges and 0 tunnels. Which will take 3 days, 1 hour and 21 minutes when travelling for 7 hours per day at our default speeds.

Once you are ready to leave the hire base, turn South on the Grand Union Canal and head towards your first lock, Grove Lock. There is a great number of locks to be tackled on this short stretch of waterway, so this is your first opportunity to get used to the procedure. The canal winds through open countryside, which appears quite empty and isolated at times, but gives a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of Leighton Buzzard. The locks are well spaced out here and most of them have a nice, picturesque setting.

Once you have reached Marsworth, turn right and enter the Aylesbury arm. While you are here, you should definitely pay the Marsworth Reservoir a visit. It doesn’t only supply the Grand Union Canal with water, but is also a great nature reserve. Especially in the evenings a stroll around the nature reserve is perfect for spotting the abundant wildlife, including a variety of birds, here. It’s time to carry on along the Aylesbury arm now. You’ll find a number of narrow locks here. These are only a little bit wider than your boat, in contrast to the wide locks you have encountered on the Grand Union Canal so far. However, you’ll soon get used to the limited space and slowly but steadily approach the turning point of your short break on the Grand Union Canal. The Aylesbury Arm is very much remote for most of its length until it reaches the outskirts of Aylesbury itself. There are nice moorings at Aylesbury Basin, with the town center only a 3 minute walk away. The basin is a perfect place to stay for the night and give you plenty of opportunity to have a meal and perhaps a drink before you head back towards the hire base in Leighton Buzzard.

Places of interest on the Leighton Buzzard To Aylesbury route

Places to visit & highlights on the canal itself

Tring Reservoir
Marsworth Lock No37
Bridge 120
Seabrook Lock No36
Bridge 114
Ivinghoe Lock No33
Bridge 115B
Grand Union Canal - Broughton
Bridge 1
Grove Lock Marina
Church Lock No29
C J & G R Carnell
Mentmore Bridge
Slapton Lock No30
Bridge 123
Seabrook Lock No34
Marsworth Lock No38
Horton Lock No31
Marsworth Flight Lock No. 39
Capital Sport

Top Rated Pubs And Restaurants On to Near the Canal

Cafe the Vibes
The Grove Lock
The Bottle Neck Blues Bar
The Old Millwrights Arms
The Red Lion
White Swan
Bucks Balti House
The Dog House
The Ship
Rococo Lounge
Noodle Nation
The White Horse
The Bricklayers Arms
The Aristocrat
Costa Coffee
Shoot Pool
The White Hart
DUKES Aylesbury

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Further reading and learning about the Leighton Buzzard To Aylesbury route


Related Nicholson Guide:
Grand Union, Oxford & the South East - Nicholson Guide No 1

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