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|Cosgrove and Grand Union Canal|
|Author: Claire, Published: 28 Feb 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 2.7 mile circular walk from the quiet Northamptonshire village of Cosgrove. The walk follows a bustling stretch of the Grand Union Canal including passing over the Iron Trunk Aqueduct and also gives a flavour of times gone by, passing under the canal via the old horse and cattle tunnels. You'll have chance to admire the many beautiful canal boats that are moored on this stretch of canal throughout the year. |
The walk is almost entirely flat and follows good gravel and tarmac surfaces for the first half before returning via pastures and farmland which may be muddy. The tunnels under the canal are narrow, low (you'll need to crouch!) and also can be slippery. There are a few gates and two stiles, both of which have open fencing around making them easy for most dogs. Towards the end of the walk you will need to cross the canal via a narrow lock gate so take care with children and dogs here. You may be sharing some of the pastures with cows or sheep. Approximate time 1 to 1.5 hours.
The walk starts from the street called The Stocks in the centre of the village of Cosgrove. There is some parking along the roadside, or alternatively if you want refreshments before or after your walk there is a car park alongside The Barley Mow. Approximate post code MK19 7JD.
|The Stocks to Canal Junction|
Start point: 52.0757 lat, -0.8456 long
With The Barley Mow pub on the left, walk along The Stocks and follow the road as it bends to the left and downhill.
|Canal Junction to Iron Trunk Aqueduct|
Start point: 52.0735 lat, -0.8419 long
This junction in the canal has the disused Buckingham Arm of the canal heading off to the right. Continue straight ahead down the main canal arm, passing the lock on your right.
|Iron Trunk Aqueduct to Wolverton Mill|
Start point: 52.069 lat, -0.834 long
The Iron Trunk Aqueduct is 32 metres long and sits 12 metres above the Great River Ouse below. It links the communities of Cosgrove and Wolverton. It cost 3,667 pounds to build in 1811 which is the equivalent to 125,000 pounds in today's money.
|Wolverton Mill to Cosgrove Lock|
Start point: 52.0627 lat, -0.8418 long
Wolverton Mill, now converted into flats, was built and altered over a hundred years between the late 18th century and late 19th century. Some time in the mid-19th century the mill was raised up and an open shelter built on cast iron columns to house a steam engine for use when the water from the adjacent River Ouse was low.
|Cosgrove Lock to The Stocks|
Start point: 52.0727 lat, -0.8418 long
Pass over the canal using the right hand set of lock gates (there are handrails on these gates but do take care with small children and dogs). Turn left onto the canal towpath.
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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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