The Grand Union Canal - Cowley Peachey Junction to Hanwell Locks.

The Grand Union Canal is great to walk and cycle along as it heads south from Cowley Peachey via Stockley to Hanwell Locks.


The following is a continuation from our Iron Bridge via Denham to Cowley Lock along The Grand Union Canal item.
Cowley Peachey Junction is where the five mile long Slough Canal Arm leaves the Grand Union Canal - the Slough Arm (perhaps obviously) ends at Slough and has no watery connections for narrowboats thereafter. However shortly after where the Slough Arm leaves the Grand Union you reach the junction with the Paddington Canal Arm which starts it's journey from the Grand Union Canal at Bull's Bridge and ends adjacent to Paddington Railway Station in West London.
The Paddington Arm and it's towpath does offer cyclists, walkers and of course narrowboats options to continue elsewhere as there is a connection with the Regents Canal which in turn gives access to two river navigations i.e. the River Lee Navigation and the River Stort Navigation. Similarly to the canals these two rivers both have towpaths so for cyclists in particular the possibilities for several long bike rides using bits of the above-mentioned waterways are interesting.
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Canal Side Bridge - Grand Union Canal, England.
Side bridge

Canal side bridge and Bridge no.190 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Bridge 190 and
Side Bridge

Grand Union Canal - Cowley Peachey Junction Bridge 190b
Cowley Peachey
Junction Bridge 190b

Cowley Peachey Junction - Grand Union Canal, England.
Cowley Peachey junction

Slough Canal Arm entrance on the Grand Union Canal, England.
Cowley Peachey
Junction Bridge 190b

Cowley Peachey Junction Bridge no.190b - Grand Union Canal, England.
Cowley Peachey
Junction Bridge 190b

Bridge no.191 and Pipebridge - Grand Union Canal, England.
Bridge 191 and Pipebridge

Bridge 191 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Bridge
191

Canal Bridge 192 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Bridge 192

Bridge 192 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Grand Union Canal -
Bridge 192

Horton Bridge 193 and Pipe - Grand Union Canal, England.
Horton Bridge 193 and Pipe

Horton bridge 193 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Horton Bridge 193

Canal bridge 194a - Grand Union Canal, England.
Canal Bridge 194a

Bridge 194a - Grand Union Canal, England.
Bridge 194a

Stockley Bridge 195 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Stockley Bridge 195

Grand Union Canal, England -Stockley Bridge 195
Stockley Bridge 195

Stockley Roadbridge - Grand Union Canal, England.
Stockley Road bridge

Stockley Roadbridge - Grand-Union Canal
Stockley Roadbridge

Bridge 196 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Bridge
196

Grand Union Canal Bridge 196
Bridge 196

Dawley Bridge 198 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Dawley Bridge no.198

Southall's impressive Sikh Temple seen from the Canal
Southall Sikh Temple

Dawley Bridge no.198 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Dawley Bridge 198

Anchor Bridge 199 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Anchor Bridge no.199

Anchor Bridge  - Grand Union Canal, England.
Anchor Bridge 199

The Grand Union Canal towpath is generally in good condition for walkers and cyclists however you should be aware that - especially between Bridges 192 and 196 - some idiots are using the towpath to race up and down on small and of course un-licenced/un-insured motorbikes. Whilst in this area from the towpath if you look between the hedgerow you can easily spot the huge Sikh Temple at Southall with it's dome glinting in the sunshine (photo on the above photo row).

Canal Bridge no.200 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Bridge no.200

Grand Union Canal Bridge no.200
Bridge no.200

Access bridge to Shackles Dock - Grand Union Canal, England.
Shackles Dock Bridge

Towpath Bridge at Shackles Dock on the Grand Union Canal, England.
Shackles Dock Bridge

Grand Union Canal railwaybridge 200d
Railway Bridge 200d

Grand Union Canal Railway Bridge
Railway bridge 200d

Grand Union Canal Bridge 200c
Bridge 200c

Bridge 200c - Grand Union Canal, England.
Pipebridge and
Bridge 200c

Grand Union Canal Bridge 200a
Bridge 200a

Canal Bridge 200a
Bridge 200a

Grand Union Canal and Bulls Junction Canal Bridge 21
Bulls Junction Bridge 21

Start of the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal, England.
Paddington
Canal Arm

Grand Union Canal Bridge 21 at Bulls Junction
Bulls Junction
Bridge 21

Grand Union Canal House Boats at Bulls Jctn
House
boats

Grand Union Canal Bridge 201
Bridge 201

Bridge 201 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Bridge 201

Grand Union Canal Bridge 202
Bridge
202

Grand Union Canal Bridge 202 and Pipe
Bridge 202 and Pipe
bridge

Grand Union Canal - Adelaide Dock Bridge 202a
Adelaide Docks
Entrance 202a

Adelaide Dock - Grand Union Canal, England.
Adelaide Docks

Grand Union Canal Adelaide Dock narrowboat Entrance
Adelaide Docks
Entrance 202a

Grand Union Canal Bridge 203
Bridge 203

Bridge 203 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Bridge
203

Grand Union Canal FootBridge 203a
Footbridge 203a

Canal Foot-Bridge 203a
Footbridge 203a

Norwood Toplock 90 lockgates - The Grand Union Canal.
Norwood Toplock 90

Norwood Toplock - Grand Union Canal, England.
Norwood Toplock 90

Grand Union Canal Lockgates belonging to Norwood Toplock
Lock gates at
Norwood Toplock

Grand Union Canal Bridge 204
Slade Lane
Bridge 204

Bridge 204 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Slade Lane bridge 204

Grand Union Canal Swan
Chubby swan

Grand Union Canal Lock-91
Hanwell Lock 91

Lock 91 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Hanwell Lock 91

Canal lockgates at Hanwell Lock 91 (Grand Union Canal)
Lock gates at
Hanwell Lock 91

Grand Union Canal - Brunel's Three Bridges
Three Bridges - 205

Three Bridges (Bridge 205) - Grand Union Canal, England.
Three Bridges

Grand Union Canal - Three Bridges
Three Bridges 205

Windmill Bridge or Three Bridges - Grand Union Canal, England.
Brunel's Three Bridges

Three Bridges - Grand Union Canal, England.
Three Bridges - 205

Grand Union Canal Lock-92 at Hanwell
Hanwell Lock 92

Grand Union Canal Lock-92 Hanwell
Hanwell Lock 92

Grand Union Canal Lock-93 Hanwell
Hanwell Locks
Lock 93

Lock-93 Hanwell - Grand Union Canal, England.
Hanwell Lock 93

Canal Lock 94 at Hanwell - Grand Union Canal, England.
Hanwell Locks
Lock 94

Grand Union Canal Lock - 94 Hanwell
Hanwell Lock 94

Brunel's Three Bridges (also known as Windmill Bridge) on The Grand Union Canal.

This particularly interesting bridge(s) was built in Victorian times (1856) by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Windmill Lane - supported by huge girders - crosses over the Grand Union Canal and the canal in turn goes over a single track railway line. The canal is encased in an 8 foot deep cast iron trough and other parts of the bridge have really nice brick arches.

Hanwell Lock Flight on The Grand Union Canal.

Hanwell's six flight of locks drop the Grand Union Canal by around 53 feet - the whole area around the Hanwell lock flight is really pleasant to walk or cycle through. As you pass Hanwell Lock (Lock no.92) you then walk for ages alongside a really nice beautifully bricked wall on the left of the towpath - bordering the extensive grounds of what was once the County Asylum (known as Hanwell Asylum) and what is now Ealing Hospital. There is a bricked up entrance into the grounds via which at one time canal boats would deliver coal for the Asylum's boilers and take away vegetables, fruit and animal products produced in the asylum's huge market gardens. Many years ago when the Grand Union Canal was used commercially the boatmen called the dock Asylum Dock and the lock itself was known as Asylum Lock.

Lockgates at Hanwell Lock 94 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Lock 94 Gates

Grand Union Canal Lock 95 at Hanwell Locks
Hanwell Locks - Lock 95

Hanwell Lock 95 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Hanwell Locks
Lock 95

Grand Union Canal Lock-95 lockgates at Hanwell
Hanwell Lock 95

Canal Lock 96 Hanwell
Hanwell Locks
Lock 96

Canal Lock-96 Hanwell - Grand Union Canal, England.
Hanwell Locks -
Lock 96

The Grand Union Canal and the River Brent meet.
The Brent joins the Canal

Grand Union Canal, Lock-97 Hanwell
Hanwell Locks -
Lock 97

The lockgates at Grand Union Canal Lock 97 at Hanwell Lock Flight
Hanwell Locks - Lock 97

The next (final) section of the Canal is on our Osterley, Brentford Gauging Lock, The River Thames - Grand Union Canal topic - this is where the southern end of the canal ends just before reaching the River Thames opposite Kew in London.
Also see our Following along The Grand Union Canal in England Home Page which contains a listing of all our items about the canal on it's journey from Birmingham to London and The Thames. Also find there links to our topics about the Grand Union Canal's numerous Canal Arms and Sections including the excellent Leicester Canal Section.
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