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.
Cruising Hours: This route consists of 51.181 miles, 98 locks, 0 movable bridges and 0 tunnels. Which will take 5 days, 5 hours and 14 minutes when travelling for 7 hours per day at our default speeds.
Head South from the hire base in Leighton Buzzard through the beautiful Chiltern hills until you reach the pretty settlement of Marsworth. Can you spy the lion cut in the chalk at Whipsnade hill? Nature lovers will enjoy a stopover at one of the reservoirs at Marworth, which have been turned into Nature reserves. Don’t forget your binoculars and try to spot Herons, Swans, Dunlins and Common Sandpipers. Once you are ready to carry on, you need to work your way through the 7 Bulbourne locks. Now you cruise along a 3-mile cutting which is usually teeming with Kingfishers, so don’t put your binoculars away just yet. The canal starts to descend towards London now and passes pretty villages and even prettier countryside until you reach Cassiobury Park, which is also the turning point for your canal journey this time.
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Related Nicholson Guide:
Grand Union, Oxford & the South East - Nicholson Guide No 1
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