Grand Union Canal

The Grand Union Canal links Bletchley to the ancient market town of Leighton Buzzard via peaceful towpaths. The route passes Stockgrove Country Park and Blue Lagoon Park and Nature Reserve, both great places to spot wildlife. The path offers a great way to enjoy the delights of the canal system.

The Grand Union Canal links Bletchley to the ancient market town of Leighton Buzzard via peaceful towpaths.

The route starts in Bletchley, which is famous for being the home of Bletchley Park, the site of secret British code-breaking activities during World War II. This once top-secret location is now open to visitors. You can explore the different types of machines and codes that were 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. You’re never far from the River Ouzel, which meanders alongside the canal for the length of your journey.

The route passes near Stockgrove Country Park, which has 80 acres of parkland including ancient woodland, meadows and heath, and Blue Lagoon Park and Nature Reserve where you can spot foxes, grey squirrels, deer and dozens of bird species.

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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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