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|Marsworth, Four Reservoirs, Two Canals|
|Author: NickC, Published: 24 Mar 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|The Marsworth Reservoirs act as a magnet for anglers, dogwalkers, boats, birdwatchers and walkers, especially over a sunny weekend, but few ever really venture much beyond the car parks and tearooms, which is a shame as there's a lot to see within a relatively concentrated area. The walk begins with a flight of locks along the Grand Union Canal, before heading down a stretch of the partially restored Wendover Arm of that canal. The route then diverts into open countryside before regaling the walker with a magnificent view of the large Wilstone Reservoir, one of four on this walk. Here, there this an option to enter a bird hide to view the many species who call this water their home at different times of the year. The other reservoirs follow, making this a relaxing six miles of relatively easy walking following a circular route. Allow a good couple of hours to complete the walk, longer if you want to linger.|
The walk starts at Startops Reservoir, which is clearly signposted as one of the Marsworth Reservoirs on the B489 linking the A41 to the north east of Aston Clinton and Linslade. Marsworth lies in a little remnant of Hertfordshire to the north of Tring, and can also be reached using the Wingrave Road out of the town off the B488. Use the postcode HP23 4LJ, which is also the location of the lovely little Bluebell Tearoom by the side of the canal just off the main car park.
|Start to Wendover Arm Junction|
Start point: 51.8185 lat, -0.667 long
From the car park head up onto the canal towpath and head right (south, then east), immediately passing by the side of a lock to your left, followed shortly after by another, the first of a flight of seven. These reservoirs mark the 'summit' of the Grand Union, and are used to help keep it in water. The reed-lined Marsworth Reservoir now makes an appearance as you pass through the flight.
|Wendover Arm Junction to Pumping Station|
Start point: 51.8158 lat, -0.6542 long
Follow the towpath until you reach a bridge, where there is also a flour mill. Cross over the stile and pick up the towpath on the other side. After the mill, the path loses some of its previous good definition but still remains relatively solid. The winding hole, or turning point, after the last house on the left, used to mark the end of navigation, and the stretch from here on is a testament to the restoration society's efforts.
|Pumping Station to Wilstone Reservoir|
Start point: 51.8072 lat, -0.6715 long
Follow the road downhill and past a farm, and as you start to climb you will spot a fingerpost sending you left and up a track. On reaching an open area, head right and you will find yourself back following the course of the canal. Follow this for three quarters of a mile until you reach an information sign about the old pumping station that once stood here, and fifty yards after this take the footpath to the right.
|Wilstone Reservoir to Tringford Reservoir|
Start point: 51.8065 lat, -0.6925 long
The walk heads left and passes through trees before emerging near the top of the reservoir. Follow the path round to the right and stay with the water's edge all the way to the top north-west corner, where you bear right, staying with the water. At the next corner, head out to the left and pick up the path which takes you up to a road, where you go right - not with the main road.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author NickC and may not be reproduced without permission.
On the wilstone to tring ford reservoir section you do not actually come to a T junction but rather a left turn off of the main road sign posted wiggles lane, all in all a fantastic walk
|By chunkyson on 19 Jan 2014|
Thanks for the update chunkyson, we've corrected the walk directions. Really pleased you enjoyed the walk
|By Administrator on 19 Jan 2014|
Lovely walk, also easy to reach from Tring station if you don't have a car. Just half an hour along the canal and you join at stage 1. Along this path you pass the Grand Junction Arms which has a pub garden on the canal and a children's playground. Serves food but we only stopped for a drink. Lovely way to spend a spring afternoon.
|By Emma241 on 25 Mar 2016|
Stunning walk with amazing canal side paths. Coming across the disused canal that is currently under restoration was a real treat and drove the imagination wild. Stunning views with adequate directions.
|By Neo1973 on 28 May 2017|
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