The Chilterns are a chain of chalk hills arching through four counties of southern England.
They aren’t very high compared to other British hills and mountains but the Chilterns have often been an obstacle when constructing transport routes in and out of London.
Just over 200 years ago new canals were being built all over the country to carry the materials and goods driving the Industrial Revolution. London couldn’t afford to be left out. So engineers built the Grand Junction Canal through a gap in the Chilterns near Tring. This canal changed the area for ever.
Discover how the canal was constructed and the challenges to supply it with water. Watch boats navigate specially-designed locks and anglers hoping for a bite in one of four reservoirs.
Look out for 250 kinds of birds, see where the canal was abandoned when it sprang a leak and discover the valiant efforts to restore it for leisure use.
5 ¾ miles
A mostly flat rural route though some steps and stiles
- Suitable for:
Plenty of sights for all ages. Take care of children by the canal and reservoir edges
Must be kept on a lead
- East of England
- Shaping the landscape Built landscapes Working landscapes
- Startop's End car park
- Bluebells Tearoom
- Getting there:
Nearest stations are Tring and Wendover
Local routes from Tring, Aylesbury and Leighton Buzzard
3 miles from Tring town centre, access via A41 and M25 (J20)
Near to National Cycle Route Number 57