Aylesbury-Wendover Canal Walk - Saturday 26th February 2022

Leader: Graham Jones   8 walkers

Heart of England had another walk on tour today, down in BBN country, with six local members, and one from London joining us for a 15 mile walk along two arms of the Grand Union Canal. However, before we started walking proper, we were treated to two bits of local Aylesbury history - statues of David Bowie and Ronnie Barker. Then a walk along the almost dead straight Aylesbury Arm, through a fair amount of mud, and over fallen trees, to reach Marsworth Junction, and the main GUC.

Lunch taken, and onwards to join the Wendover Arm, which is currently undergoing restoration. This Arm is more picturesque than the Aylesbury, with distant views of the Chilterns, and better underfoot conditions. A short navigable section gives way to the section which the Wendover Canal Trust are striving to restore. The last 3.5 miles into Wendover itself are ‘in water’, but not navigable without dredging, and a lot more water. 
A really good walk on a glorious winters day. 

David Bowie statue in Aylesbury Town Centre
Ronnie Barker statue in Aylesbury
Marsworth Junction - GUC and Aylesbury Arm
GUC by Tring Reservoirs
Bulbourne Junction - GUC and Wendover Arm
Wendover Arm from bridge at Bulbourne Junction
Section of Wendover Arm the  Wendover Canal Trust is currently restg#oring
BBN donated to the construction of one of the bridges
The end of the empty section
The gap in the hedge is where the canal used to run, It was diverted during the construction of a road
And used to flow along here
End of the Arm in Wendover
Unused bridge at Wendover Station
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Trees down and the group. Photos from Paul Timms and Norman Corrin