From the beginning of June we head south down the Grand Union Canal from Linslade, dropping off and picking up new guests at Berkhamsted and travelling down to Uxbridge. We pass through open countryside and usually get some help with the volunteer lock keepers as we go up the Marsworth Locks. We have time to visit places such as the College Lake Wildlife Centre with its fascinating combination of nature reserve, a top bird watching site and an arable centre.
Once we arrive at Berkhamsted there is plenty to look at. The totem pole which stands beside the canal, the ruins of the Norman Castle where William l received the offer of the crown in 1066. Find time to visit as there is plenty more to see
We then head down towards Hemel Hempsted passing through Winkwell with its swing bridge and plenty of locks if you wish to help. At Apsley you may wish to visit the Paper Mill where you can have a go at making your own piece of paper, fascinating place. We then continue South passing Abbots Langley and Cassiobury Park. The canal flows through the park and is well worth taking a stroll here.
We pass through Rickmansworth, Harefield , Denham where we go through the deepest lock on this section of 11ft 1 aptly named Denham Deep lock and arrive at Uxbridge from where the Battle of Britain was directed.
Both these cruises can be energetic for those who choose to help with plenty of locks but has also some beautiful scenary and well worth doing.
Cruise No. 13 Linslade to Berkhamsted 3 nights
Cruise No. 14 Berkhamsted to Uxbridge 5 nights