A Circular Walk starting from Tring Reservoirs in England.

This mostly flat 8 mile/12km walk goes a little along The Grand Union Canal, The Wendover Arm to Drayton Beauchamp Church, back across countryside to the Aylesbury Arm and back.

The Grand Union Canal at Marsworth, Buckinghamshire in England. Finding the start of the walk - there is a fairly large car-park just off the B489 as it nears Marsworth - put HP23 4LJ into a googlemap or onto your car-nav to see this. The car-park is pay and display and lies immediately next to the Grand Union Canal and Startops End Reservoir - note on weekends especially during the Summer this can get busy to full so a visit during weekdays is a much better option if possible. (Incidentally the area is commonly known as Tring Reservoirs).
There is a public house near the car park plus tea rooms - the area is very popular with families since there are plenty of barges, canal locks, people fishing and of course loads of ducks and swans live there too - all waiting to be fed.
From the car park go onto the Grand Union Canal towpath and turn right along it - this section is part of the canal's ascent up to Tring Summit and there are quite a few canal-locks over a fairly short distance.
Marsworth Reservoir near Tring, Buckinghamshire, England. Marsworth Locks - Grand Union Canal Lock 44, Buckinghamshire in England. The Wendover Arm leaves the Grand Union Canal at Bulbourne, Buckinghamshire in England. Bulbourne Junction - The Wendover Aarm and The Grand Union Canal, Buckinghamshire, England.
Bordered one side by two reservoirs, eventually the towpath takes you to Bulbourne Junction which is where the Wendover Arm joins the main stream. Go under the bridge onto the Wendover Arm's towpath and follow this beautiful canal as it bends around a little to then arrive at Gamnel Bridge 2. Here the towpath changes sides which means crossing the bridge - this is mentioned because the bridge is quite narrow and there can be quite a few cars around so care is needed. Once across then on the left there is the huge old buildings of Heygates Flour Mill which features lovely brickwork - this is still very much a working mill and in fact milling has occured on the site since 1875 (originally there was a windmill here).
The beautiful Wendover Arm leaving Bulbourne, Buckinghamshire in England. Heygates Flour Mill alongside The Wendover Arm in Buckinghamshire. A quite overgrown towpath next to the Wendover Canal Arm in England. Wendover Canal Arm Winding Hole, Buckinghamshire, England.
Still very beautiful to walk along, the Wendover Arm then arrives at a pump station at Tringford and shortly after this to another and recently restored canal bridge (Little Tring Bridge 3. Go up and cross the bridge and turn right back onto the towpath - this short section is quite enclosed with quite a few nettles and hawthorn - in fact the sides are so overgrown even the canal cannot be seen for a little while. Just before reaching the winding hole at the basin (which is currently the end of the navigable part of the Wendover Arm) turn left through the hedgrow and follow the grass path to a gate, turn right and continue ahead to another gate, now walking up and over the hillside with a hedge on the right. On reaching the canal again, take the wooden bridge (4) over the towpath and turn left. There is contined work on restoring the canal along this really beautiful section and it is in water from Bridge 4a onwards although this is still of course not navigable.
A lovely buttercup path to walk along in Buckinghamshire, England. Wendover Canal Arm towpath in Buckinghamshire, England. The Wendover Arm near Drayton Beauchamp, Buckinghamshire. The old Drayton Beauchamp Church, Buckinghamshire, England.
There are nice views of Wilstone Reservoir down on the right and of Wendover Woods ahead. A few 100 yards after passing under Drayton -Beauchamp- Bridge (5) look out for steps going up the bank on the right which takes you to Drayton Beauchamp's Church of St. Mary the Virgin. This is situated in a beautiful setting - with sheep wandering around, green fields, buttercups, lovely trees and it just looks typical old England. There are a couple of bench seats situated around the church so a really nice spot for a stop for 10 minutes.
Wilstone Reservoir which feeds the Grand Union Canal, Buckinghamshire, England. Idle cows and 1000s of buttercups, Buckinghamshire in England. A nice path at Drayton Beauchamp - Buckinghamshire. Leave the church by the main gate and follow the grass drive to another gate and turn right and go along Church Lane to a road junction. Turn left and then a litte way after passing a farm which features some rather run-down barns take a sign-posted footpath on the right - follow this as it goes across fields and ends up by trees near the edge of Wilstone Reservoir.
Continue along a pleasant enclosed path (the reservoir is on your right) - the path turns sharp right at the end of the reservoir so follow this along to arrive at a small car park down below on the left. Go down the slope to the car park and go right along it then take the path which continues alongside a hedge. This comes out by a gap in the hedgerow - there is a style on the opposite side of the road. Carefully cross the road and go over the style and follow the path across fields to a small road. Turn left and follow the road through Wilstone Village as far as Sandbrook Lane (this is a short distance before the Village Hall). Follow the lane which ends at a sort of farm gate with a gap on one side of it, go on through and follow the marked footpath. This follows a brook for a while and then cuts half left across the field to arrive at a hedgerow within which Aylesbury Canal Arm's Bridge 6 is somewhat hidden.
Aylesbury Arm Canal Bridge 6, Buckinghamshire in England. Very beautiful area around Gudgeon Stream Lock, Aylesbury Canal Aarm, Buckinghamshire in England. Gorgeous countryside along The Aylesbury Arm towpath in Buckinghamshire in England. The narrow staircase locks 1 and 2 on The Aylesbury Arm, England.
Once at the Bridge join the towpath but going down on the right - now follow along the Aylesbury Arm which in this section is particularly beautiful in The Spring. The Arm goes past several bridges and seven narrow canal locks before arriving at Bridge no1.Lower Icknield Way Bridge 132 going over The Aylesbury Arm, England. [Of particular interest here is the staircase lock (locks 1 and 2) which can be best seen by walking onto Bridge 1 - these narrow old locks are extremely rare on the Grand Union Canal network]. Go under the Bridge passing the two locks then continue along the towpath to Marsworth Junction - then follow what is now the Grand Union Canal towpath the short distance back to Bridge 132 and the car park. But do take a quick look at Bridge 132 since it is beautifully bricked and quite unusual as it has two arches. The bridge was constructed this way since originally the intention was to have two locks here to help barge throughput although this plan was obviously abandoned.
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