The Grand Union Canal - the canal's route from Wolverton to Soulbury Three Locks, England.

Canal Locks, Bridges and features including pump houses along the Grand Union Canal as it goes from Wolverton via Fenny Stratford to Soulbury Locks, Buckinghamshire.


The following continues from our Stoke Bruerne, Great Ouse Aqueduct, Wolverton section - Grand Union Canal item.
The Grand Union Canal towpath is in excellent condition on the whole of this stretch and both walking and cycling are easy with no hazards of brambles, potholes or bank collapse as found around Braunston. Wolverton is located at the top of Milton Keynes and has been pretty well absorbed by this concrete and brick sprawl but apart from a few really ugly concrete road bridges and occasional road noise the proximity of Milton Keynes does not generally affect the canal.
In fact as the canal wanders around the top and right hand side of this city it is enclosed by lots of gorgeous trees and parkland and is an excellent walking area to pick if you are on holiday or visiting the area. As the canal heads south it passes Fenny Stratford (now absorbed by Bletchley (which is itself being absorbed by Milton Keynes)) - then on by Water Eaton - just after Bridge 99 you suddenly leave the City and find yourself wandering through lovely countryside - even better.
There are a few locks along here as the canal heads into Leighton Buzzard - including the pretty little set of locks at Soulbury (Three Locks). Once again the fact that the canal is passing through a large town (Leighton Buzzard) does not spoil the walking enjoyment as the surrounds are really pleasant. From here the Grand Union Canal continues it's southwards path through really open countryside - as shown by our photos on this page with the canal just past Slapton Locks at Horton.
** Please note any prices i.e. trains - car parking - train times etc. reflect what we found when we walked the canal and things might have since changed so should be checked.
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Grand Union Canal Bridge 71
Bridge 71
railway bridge slicing across the Grand Union Canal outside Wolverton
railway bridge Wolverton
Grafton Street Aqueduct and sluice - Grand Union Canal, England.
Grafton Street Aqueduct
Grand Union Canal Footbridge at Grafton
Footbridge Grafton
Grand Union Canal Bridge 72
Bridge 72
Grand Union Canal Bridge 74
Bridge 74
Canal bridge 75 going over The Grand Union Canal in England.
Bridge 75
Grand Union Canal Bridge 76
Bridge
76
Bridge 76a, Grand Union Canal.
Bridge 76a
Bridge 77 with footbridge alongside, Grand Union Canal.
Bridge 77
Bridge 77 crossing The Grand Union Canal.
Bridge 77
Grand Union Canal Bridge 78
Bridge 78
Bridge 78b - The Grand Union Canal in England.
Bridge
78b
Bridge 79, Grand Union Canal.
Bridge 79
re--furbished brick kilns - Grand Union Canal, England.
brick kilns

Walking and Cycling on The Grand Union Canal in the Wolverton and Fenny Stratford area - getting to various starts.

We walked the 9 mile stretch of canal towpath between Wolverton and Fenny Stratford by initially parking at Bletchley (at the time it was free parking on Sundays) and getting the train up to Wolverton. There were 2 trains an hour at time of writing and also for cyclists the train company allowed bikes on board free of charge. Note that you leave the canal at the end of the walk at Fenny Stratford Bridge 96 and have to walk around a mile or so back up to the railway station at Bletchley - this made our walk a total of around 19kms though we did make several short detours to look at "things we spotted".

Walking the towpath from Fenny Stratford to Horton Lock 31 along the Grand Union Canal.

We did this trip on a Saturday - there are trains once an hour from Cheddington Station (free parking Saturdays/Sundays) to Bletchley and again cycles can be carried out of peak times (hardly any trains on Sundays though). This time of course you have to then walk down to Fenny Stratford before commencing the 12 mile walk along the Grand Union Canal towpath back to Slapton. Then it's about a mile back to to Cheddington railway station. We measured the whole walk at around 23 kms though this did include a couple of minor detours.
Roadbridge 79a going across The Grand Union Canal.
Road Bridge 79a
Grand Union Canal Bridge 79b
Bridge 79b
Bridge 79c, The Grand Union Canal in England.
Bridge 79c
Dansteed Way Bridge 79d going over The Grand Union Canal.
Dansteed Way Bridge 79d
Canal Bridge 80a crosses The Grand Union Canal.
Canal Bridge 80a
Grand Union Canal - Bridge 81
Bridge 81
Ugly concrete bridge 81a spoiling the Grand Union Canal, England.
ugly bridge 81a
Bridge 81b, The Grand Union Canal in England.
Bridge 81b
Grand Union Canal Bridge 82
Bridge 82
gruesome concrete polluting the Grand Union Canal - New Bridge 82a
New Bridge 82a
New Bridge 82a - the other half of this ugly non-designed mess
New Bridge
Bridge 83 enhancing the Grand Union Canal, England.
Bridge 83
Bridge 94 going across The Grand Union Canal.
Bridge 94
Grand Union Canal Bridge 85
Bridge 85
Chaffron Way Bridge 85a, The Grand Union Canal in England
Chaffron Way Bridge85a
Bridge 86, Grand Union Canal.
Bridge 86
Bridge 87 crossing The Grand Union Canal.
Bridge 87
Pear Tree Bridge 88 going over The Grand Union Canal, England.
Pear Tree Bridge 88
Grand Union Canal Bridge no.89
Bridge no.89
Canal Bridge 90, The Grand Union Canal in England.
Canal Bridge 90
Bridge 90a, Grand Union Canal.
Bridge 90a
Tinkers Bridge 90b over The Grand Union Canal.
Tinkers Bridge 90b
more concrete - Groveway bridge 90c, Grand Union Canal.
Groveway bridge 90c
The Grand Union Canal - Bowlers Bridge 91
Bowlers Bridge 91
Pipe Bridge and Bridge 91 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Bridge 91
Bridge no92, Grand Union Canal.
Bridge no92
Pipe Bridge next to Bridge 92 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Pipe Bridge
Bridge 92a, The Grand Union Canal in England
Bridge 92a
Bridge 93 on the Grand Union Canal, England.
Bridge 93
even more lack of design - Bridge 93a, Grand Union Canal, England.
Bridge 93a
Grand Union Canal Pipe Bridge next to Bridge 94
Pipe Bridge
Bridge 94 over The Grand Union Canal.
Bridge 94
Fenny Stratford Lock no.22, Grand Union Canal, England.
Fenny Stratford Lock22
Grand Union Canal Lock 22 - Fenny Stratford
Fenny Stratford lock
Swingbridge 95 half along the Lock at Fenny Stratford, Grand Union Canal, England.
Swingbridge 95
a Pipe Bridge and Railway Bridge at Fenny Stratford, Grand Union Canal.
Railway Bridge
Bridge 96 and Pipe Bridge - The Grand Union Canal in England.
Bridge 96
Grand Union Canal Bridge 96
Bridge 96
Grand Union Canal Lift bridge into a small private marina at Fenny Stratford
Lift bridge
Canal Bridge 97
Canal Bridge 97
Grand Union Canal Bridge 98
Bridge 98
Foot Bridge over the Grand Union Canal, England.
Foot Bridge
Bridge 99 and Pipe Bridge, Grand Union Canal.
Bridge 99
A4146 bridge crossing the Grand Union Canal, England.
A4146 bridge
Bridge no.102 on the Grand Union Canal England
Bridge no.102
Bridge 104 over the Grand Union Canal in England. Canal Bridge 104 which is located by Stoke Hammond Lock 23 shows a good example of a double arched canal bridge - these were built on this part of the Grand Union Canal to cater for the original twinned locks.
Below are photos from around

Three Locks which are located at Soulbury.

These are well worth a visit - there is a large public house right by the locks and also the general area is very well maintained. There is also an old canal pump house which sets off the scene very nicely. Situated just off the A4146 and before going over the canal's bridge you can find a fairly large car-park which - unusually for the area was free to park as of September 2014 - and where there are several picnic tables available. The towpath along this part of the Grand Union Canal is in pretty good condition and therefore fine for a short (or even fairly long) wander or cycle along - perhaps after a meal or drink at the pub.
Pumphouse at Stoke Hammond, Grand Union Canal.
Pump House
Stoke Hammond Lock - The Grand Union Canal in England.
Stoke Hammond Lock
Stoke Hammond Lock 23, Grand Union Canal.
Stoke Hammond Lock23
Derelict swingbridge 105 on the Grand Union Canal, England.
swingbridge
Grand Union Canal Bridge 106
Bridge 106
Soulbury Lock 24 - Lock Gates, The Grand Union Canal in England
Lockgates lock 24
Grand Union Canal showing Soulbury Lock 24
Soulbury Lock 24
Soulbury Lock 25 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Soulbury Lock 25
Soulbury Lock no. 26 on the Grand Union Canal England
Soulbury Lock 26
Pump House at Three Locks - Soulbury, The Grand Union Canal in England.
Pump House
Three Locks at Soulbury - Grand Union Canal, England.
3 Locks Soulbury
Grand Union Canal Bridge 107
Bridge 107
Bridge 108, The Grand Union Canal in England.
Bridge
108
Grand Union Canal Bridge 109
Bridge 109
Bridge no.110, The Grand Union Canal in England.
Bridge no.110
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