The Grand Union Canal in England and it's variety of Canal Arms and Branches.
Starting (or ending) in the centre of Birmingham and providing a continuous route for narrowboats, cyclist and walkers through to West London, the Grand Union Canal is the longest canal in the United Kingdom. The topics below show just about all of the bridges which pass over the canal and at least one photo of every lock - all with their respective numbers.
Interestingly the bridge and lock numbering system restarts at Braunston (where the canal meets the beautiful Oxford Canal), so the Grand Union Canal has a sort of north and south concept. There are several Canal Arms and Branches which flow off from the Grand Union Canal plus the long Leicester Canal Section. The London end of the Grand Union Canal also allows watery, walking and cycling connections to The Regents Canal
and then the River Lee
- photos from all of these plus bits of information about them are also shown on our topics below.
All our topics about following along the Grand Union Canal on it's journey from Birmingham to London:
The numbering sytem for Bridges and Locks on the Grand Union Canal at Braunston now re-start at 001
- Braunston Locks, Norton Junction and Buckby Locks - Grand Union Canal
- Shows Canal Bridges 1 to 15 and (Braunston) 1 to (Buckby) Lock 13
- Muscott Mill, Weedon, Blisworth Tunnel - The Grand Union Canal in England
- Shows Canal Bridges 16 to 50 - there are no canal locks on this section
- Stoke Bruerne, Great Ouse Aqueduct, Wolverton section - Grand Union Canal
- Shows Canal Bridges 53 to 71 and Locks 14 to 21
- Wolverton to Soulbury 3 Locks - Grand Union Canal in England
- Shows Canal Bridges 71 to 110 and Lock 22 to (Soulbury) Lock 26
- Slapton, Marsworth Locks, Bulbourne, Northchurch - Grand Union Canal
- Shows Canal Bridges 111 to 140 and Lock 27 -via Tring Summit- to (Gas 1) Lock 51
- Berkhamstead, Kings Langley, Cassiobury Park - Grand Union Canal
- Shows Canal Bridges 141 to 166 and (Gas 2) Lock 52 to Lock 76
- Iron Bridge via Denham to Cowley Lock along The Grand Union Canal
- Bridge 167 to 190 and (Iron Bridge) Lock-77 to (Cowley) Lock 89
- Cowley Peachey Junction to Hanwell Lock Flight - Grand Union Canal
- Shows Canal Bridges 190b to (Brunels Three Bridges) 205 and (Norwood) Lock 90 to (Hanwell) Lock 97
- Osterley, Brentford Gauging Lock, The River Thames - Grand Union Canal
- Shows Canal Bridges 205a to Bridge 209c and (Osterley) Lock 98 to (Thames) Lock 101
The beautiful Leicester Section of The Grand Union Canal including Foxton Locks and The Welford Branch.
Canal Arms attached to the Grand Union Canal Main Line in England.
- The Aylesbury Canal Arm in England - Bridges, Locks, Photos, Walks
- Along The Market Harborough Canal Arm - photos, walks, bridges
- The Northampton Canal Arm in England - Bridges, Locks, Walks, photos
- Along The Slough Canal Arm in England - Bridges, features, photos, walks
- The beautiful Wendover Canal Arm in England - Bridges, Towpath Walk, Locks, Photos
- The Paddington Canal Arm from West London to Kensal Green
- Old Oak Common to Bulls Bridge along The Paddington Arm
A couple of very enioyable Towpath Walks in England sort of related to the Grand Union Canal:- The Regents Canal and Lee and Stort Rivers.
Features of and about walking along The Regents Canal in London:
Wandering along England's Navigable Rivers - River Lee Navigation and River Stort Navigation:
The River Stort and the River Lee are called River Navigations since they are navigable by boats for at least part of their journeys and therefore have towpaths. There are 100s of miles of beautiful canal and river towpaths to be found and enjoyed in England whether for boating holidays, walking, cycling, fishing or simply sightseeing. These trails and towpaths are particularly beautiful especially in the Spring with their lovely trees, wild flowers and shrubs as well as plenty of wildlife. Even where the rivers, canals or trails go past or even right through cities and towns, often it's not obvious to know you are within such areas since the way is lined with trees and foliage and thus usually very peacefull.
- The River Lee Navigation in England walk from Limehouse to Ponders End
- From Limehouse going along the towpath via Old Ford Lock, Hertford Union Canal, Victoria Park, Markfield Beam Engine and Tottenham.
- The River Lee walking from Enfield via Dobbs Weir to Feildes Lock
- Passing Enfield, Ramney Marsh, Waltham Locks, Dobbs Lock and Weir and ending up at Feildes Lock.
- The River Lee and a walk from Rye House via New River to Hertford
- Visiting Rye House Gatehouse, Ware Town and Lock, along the New River, New Gauge Intake House to Hertford Castle.
- The River Stort in England - towpath walk with photos.
- Along the towpath from Bishops Stortford to The River Lee at Feilde's Weir, passing mills, locks and bridges on the way.
What are Canals? Definition of a Canal, an Engine Arm and a Feeder Arm from a "waterways" point of view.
Canals are artificial i.e. man-made waterways i.e. they were dug out to create navigable routes for boats - in days past and particularly before the advent of the railways, an enormous amount of cargo was carried around the country on these canals. The longest canal in England is The Grand Union Canal which runs from Birmingham to London. In some cases a canal was constructed to connect with navigable rivers to create a through route - for instance the Kennet and Avon Canal has a section of canal between those two rivers and this provides a through route from The Thames at Reading to Bristol Docks. Feeder Arms (Engine Arms) are usually short sections of waterway which provide a water source from reservoirs to a canal i.e. they are not usually navigable. There are exceptions - The Wendover Arm in Buckinghamshire was originally constructed to be a Feeder Arm however was then upgraded and also used as a navigable Canal Arm for a while.
We also have websites about several other canals and rivers in England which may be of interest.
We have several other websites which might be of interest about England - National Trails such as The Oxfordshire Way and The Ridgeway Trail.
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