The Southern End of The Grand Union Canal - on down to Brentford in London.

The final stretch of The Grand Union Canal as it finally gets right into London and very nearly meets up with The River Thames.


The following is a continuation from our Cowley Peachey Junction to Hanwell Lock Flight - Grand Union Canal item.
"Nearly meets The Thames" is because The Grand Union Canal ends a few hundred yards before that river - with access to The River Thames (only for boats) achieved by continuing along the tidal River Brent.
The immediate area alongside the Canal remains quite sort of rural despite being so far into London and the still grass/dirt towpath is not that wide in places - so it can be quite muddy in wet weather. There are a couple of particularly nice railway bridges to look at on this final stretch but the road bridges are large heavy-looking steel and concrete affairs - necessary to cater for the heavy traffic which has to cross the canal.
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Grand Union Canal Bridge 205a
Ontario Bridge no.205a

Ontario Bridge no.205a - Grand Union Canal, England.
Ontario Bridge no.205a

Grand Union Canal Syphon
Syphon nr
Osterley Lock

Grand Union Canal Barge
British Waterways barge

Syphon near to Osterley Lock - Grand Union Canal, England.
Syphon by
Osterley Lock

Grand Union Canal - Osterley Lock 98
Osterley Lock 98

Bridge no.205d and Osterley Lock - Grand Union Canal, England.
Bridge 205d +
Osterley Lock

Grand Union Canal Bridge 206
syphon

Canal Bridge 206 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Grand Union
Bridge 206

Grand Union Canal towpath at Bridge 206
Bridge 206

Girder Railway Bridge 206a crossing The Grand Union Canal.
Railway Bridge 206a

Girder Bridge 206a over The Grand Union Canal in England.
Railway Bridge 206a

Grand Union Canal - Gallows Bridge 207
Gallows Bridge 207

Gallows Bridge 207 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Bridge 207

Grand Union Canal weirs
Weirs close to
Gallows Bridge

Grand Union Canal Lock-99 (Clitheroe Lock)
Clitheroe Lock 99

Grand Union Canal - Clitheroe Lock 99
Clitheroe Lock no.99

Clitheroe Lock lockgates on The Grand Union Canal, England.
Clitheroe Lock Gates

Grand Union Canal FootBridge 207a
Footbridge 207a

FootBridge no.207a - Grand Union Canal, England.
Footbridge 207a

Grand Union Canal Bridge 208
A4 Bridge 208

Bridge 208 - Grand Union Canal, England.
A4 Bridge 208

Grand Union Canal Bridge 208a
Bridge 208a

Bridge 208a - Grand Union Canal, England.
Bridge 208a

Bridge 208e - Grand Union Canal, England.
Lock 100 and Bridge 208e

Grand Union Canal - Brentford Gauging Lock
Brentford Gauging
Lock 100

Brentford - Bridge 208e - Grand Union Canal, England.
Bridge 208e

Grand Union Canal's Brentford Gauging Lock
Brentford Gauging
Locks no.100

Grand Union Canal Weirs at Brentford
Brentford Weir - Bridge

Grand Union Canal - High Street Bridge 209
High Street
Bridge 209

Canal Bridge 209 - Grand Union Canal, England.
High Street Bridge 209

Grand Union Canal Bridge 209a
Bridge 209a

Bridge-209a - Grand Union Canal, England.
Bridge 209a

Grand Union Canal Bridge 209b
Bridge 209b

Grand Union Canal views at Brentford
Views by the canal - Brentford

Grand Union Canal Bridge 209b
Bridge 209b

The Grand Union Canal at Brentford - London
Canal Views

Grand Union Canal Bridge 209d
Bridge 209d

Grand Union Canal weir which is close to bridge 209d
Bridge 209d's weir

Grand Union Canal - Thames Lock 101
Thames Lock - 101

Thames Lock 101 with Bridge 209c at one end - Grand Union Canal, England.
Bridge 209c
at Thames Lock

Grand Union Canal - Thames Lock 101
Thames Lock - 101

Thames Lock 101 - singe and double narrowboat access - Grand Union Canal, England.
Thames Lock -
single and double

The lockgates at Thames Lock 101 in London.
Thames Lock - Gates

Grand Union Canal's Thames Lock 101 and Bridge 209c
Bridge 209c at
Thames Lock 101

Grand Union Canal Boatyard at Brentford
Brentford boatyard

Grand Union Canal about to join the Thames at Brentford
Entrance to the Grand Union Canal at Brentford

Grand Union Canal and Thames area - low tide and muddy
Muddy at Low Tide around The Thames - Brentford

Kew Gardens are on the far side of the Thames where the Grand Union Canal joins
The River Thames - Kew on the opposite bank

The Grand Union Canal ends it's journey south at The River Thames (view shown is from Kew)
The canal joins the River Thames at Kew


The London end of The Grand Union Canal at Thames Lock, Brentford Gauging Locks and the tidal River Brent and River Thames.

Towards the end of the Grand Union Canal Main Line starting from Brentford Gauging Locks and on down to the River Thames the canal** is affected by tides and therefore boaters should consider the amount of headroom during a rising tide. Thames Lock itself has a permanent Lock Keeper and the lock can only be used at certain times The phone number to contact British Waterways lock-keepers is on 020 8568 2779.
**The Grand Union Canal officially ends it's long journey from Birmingham at Thames Locks. The remaining few hundred yards of waterway making a navigable connection to the River Thames (oppostie Kew) is actually on the River Brent.
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