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|Wigginton and Grand Union Canal|
|Author: Claire, Published: 07 Jun 2012||Walk Rating:|
|A 6 mile circular walk starting from Tring rail station in Hertfordshire. The walk heads up into the Chilterns and through the village of Wigginton before returning along a picturesque section of the Grand Union Canal. |
The walk has just a few steady climbs and descents. There are no stiles but many kissing gates and a few steps. The paths are a mixture of stone, tarmac and grass, some of which will be muddy after wet weather. The walk passes through a large horse paddock so take care with dogs at this point. Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours.
The walk starts from Tring railway station, which is on the Milton Keynes and Watford Junction line. If you are coming by car there is a pay and display car park for more than 500 cars alongside the station. Payment is accepted by cash or by mobile phone. Approximate post code HP23 5QR.
|Tring Station to Ridgeway|
Start point: 51.8005 lat, -0.6212 long
From the station or station car park, exit onto Station Road and turn left to follow the pavement alongside the road. Pass by The Posting House, formally the Royal Hotel, on the left hand side.
|Ridgeway to The Twist|
Start point: 51.798 lat, -0.6259 long
Go straight ahead on the Ridgeway path, a grass path which emerges between fenced grazing areas. Continue straight on as the path becomes a wider stone track and then after a short distance as the main stone track bends left, go straight ahead through a kissing gate.
|The Twist to Wick Road|
Start point: 51.7876 lat, -0.6405 long
Turn right and then immediately left through a gate to continue on the Ridgeway. Go ahead on the path running uphill alongside a section of ancient trees. Follow the path as it swings right through a kissing gate and then another kissing gate a short distance further.
|Wick Road to Lower Wood|
Start point: 51.7803 lat, -0.6449 long
Turn left along Wick Road. At the T-junction turn right and pass by the Greyhound pub on the right. Just a few paces after the pub, turn left through a kissing gate onto a footpath signed for Crawley’s Lane. Follow this narrow path meandering downhill through the wild meadow.
|Lower Wood to A41 Tunnel|
Start point: 51.7804 lat, -0.6318 long
Go straight ahead, again signed for Cow Roast. Keep left at the fork and then you will emerge from the woods via a kissing gate into a paddock. This paddock was holding more than 20 horses when we came through so take care with dogs.
|A41 Tunnel to Cow Roast Lock|
Start point: 51.779 lat, -0.6207 long
After passing under the tunnel, turn right, signed for Chiltern Way. (Note this turning is the second of the two adjacent options on the right and passes through the entrance gate to Tinker’s Lodge). Pass by the lodge on the left and follow the gravel path as it widens and passes between recreation grounds.
|Cow Roast Lock to Newground Bridge|
Start point: 51.7835 lat, -0.612 long
This lock is called Cow Roast Lock and its name comes from the term ‘cow rest’. This area had large cattle pens used by the drovers on route to London from the midlands. The lock is the first descending south from the Chilterns towards London. The canal is fed from the adjacent River Bulbourne which is a chalk stream with remnants of old watercress beds.
|Newground Bridge to End|
Start point: 51.7898 lat, -0.618 long
Keep left here to follow the towpath passing under the arched brick bridge. Now follow the towpath for more than half a mile.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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