#2. Linslade to Brentford, 7 nights

Unfortunately, this route is booked.

Experience the changing scenery and wildlife through Beds, Bucks and Herts and view our historic, agricultural and industrial heritage.

We depart Linslade, close to the site of the 1963 Great Train Robbery. We are soon in open countryside and see the start of the Chiltern Hills, also the shape of the Whipsnade Zoo Lion, cut into the chalk hillside of Dunstable Downs.

Lock at Marsworth

On the Marsworth Flight

Then on to Marsworth, a busy meeting point where the Aylesbury and Wendover Arms join the Grand Union. This is an area of abundant wildlife where the Tringford and Marsworth reservoirs serve to maintain water levels on the canal system.

We continue through the deeply wooded Tring Cutting and the oddly named Cowroast, then Northchurch, before arriving at historic Berkhamsted with the remains of the Norman Castle where William I received the offer of the English crown in 1066.

From Berkhamsted it’s “downhill all the way” to the River Thames at Brentford.

On through Bourne End, Winkwell (where we stop the road traffic), Boxmoor and Frogmore to Apsley and Hemel Hempstead, we follow the route of the River Gade, which is never far away.

View near Harefield

View near Black Jacks Lock, Harefield

Beyond Hemel we are even closer to “commuter-land”, although not obvious until perhaps we see the M25 motorway and Hunton Bridge, but we are soon past and back into countryside.

Soon we reach Grove Park and Cassiobury, where hopefully there may be time for a stroll. In any case, look out for kingfishers here.

Onwards, we pass through Denham Deep Lock, the deepest on this route and Uxbridge, where the surroundings begin to change to a more urban feel.

After Cowley Peachey, we pass Bulls Bridge and the junction with the GUC Paddington Arm, then on to the attractive Hanwell flight. It is then just a short trip to Brentford and the Guaging Lock, being journey’s end.

The journey is 45 miles with 76 locks; enough opportunities to help if you wish.

A popular trip with interesting opportunities to see wildlife and experience our historic and agricultural heritage.

Join us on Kailani at 2pm and we set off cruising at 3pm. Departure on your last day will be at 10.am.

The closest railway stations are at Leighton Buzzard (for Linslade) and Brentford.

Unfortunately, this route is booked.

Hotel Boat Kailani