Grand Union Canal

The Grand Union Canal links Bletchley to the ancient market town of Leighton Buzzard. Using peaceful towpaths and passing by Rushmere Country Park, this route offers a great way to enjoy the delights of the canal system.

The route starts in Bletchley; the town famous for being the home of secret British code-breaking activities during World War II. Bletchley Park was once a top-secret location, but it is now open to visitors.

You can explore the different types of machines and codes used, and learn about the amazing people who worked here.

The path is shared by cyclists, walkers and anglers and offers a great way to enjoy the delights of the canal system.

And you’re never far from the River Ouzel; which meanders alongside the canal for the length of your journey.

From this route, you can follow the Greensand Cycleway to Rushmere Country Park.

It has over 400 acres of parkland, including ancient woodland, meadows and heath. With picnic areas and cafes, as well as walking and cycling trails, this is a great place to visit with families of all ages.

The route finishes in the historic market town of Leighton Buzzard. This is a great place to explore and for a café stop.


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Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness.

However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes.

Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces.

Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure that you follow the Towpath Code.

Please help us protect this route

The Grand Union Canal is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.  

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