#24. Kingston to Berkhamsted, 6 nights

Unfortunately, this route is booked.

The southern Grand Union through suburbia and countryside.

Locks at Hanwell

On the Hanwell flight of locks

We set off from our mooring in Kingston and head down the River Thames to Brentford, where the appearance changes noticeably. Onto the Grand Union Canal and through Brentford Gauging Lock, it does not take long to reach the Hanwell flight of 8 locks. This is a lovely flight with one of the longest continuous walls seen anywhere in the country. Local historians believe it could be the longest continuous wall without a doorway/entrance in the UK !!

Passing suburban Uxbridge, we see Denham Deep Lock, the deepest on the canal at over 11ft. We head north passing the attractive Black Jack’s Lock, beautifully framed by a small mill and timbered cottage. There are disused watercress beds and old chalk quarries.

Scenery near Cassiobury Park on the Grand Union Canal

Near Cassiobury Park

At Batchworth Locks we see the Canal Centre with the re-constructed narrowboat “Roger” on display and the model canal layout complete with radio controlled locks and boats. Soon we pass the outstanding Cassiobury Park and Whippendell Woods, where the springtime bluebells are simply fabulous. Watch out for the kingfishers too.  This area is deceptively tranquil although close to major road, rail and housing.

Travelling on, we pass the Langleys, Hemel Hempstead, Apsley and Frogmore, and after a few more locks and the swing bridge at Winkwell, we creep up on Berkhamsted. Take time to visit the remains of the Norman Castle where William I received the offer of the English crown in 1066. The castle and town are well worth the time to visit.

The journey is 37 miles with 50 locks. Help at them if you wish!

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

The closest railway stations are at Kingston and Berkhamsted.


Unfortunately, this route is booked.

Hotel Boat Kailani