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Canal Description

Here is a written description and map of the Wendover Canal (also known as the Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal). While the Wendover Arm Trust promotes its restoration, the canal itself (like most canals in England and Wales) is managed for the nation by the Canal and River Trust . The Wendover Canal links the picturesque village of Wendover in Buckinghamshire, with the main Grand Union Canal at the Tring Summit in Hertfordshire. Nestled in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding National Beauty, the canal follows the 390 foot contour around the hills and has no locks. See the next page for photos, and the page after for videos.

It is possible to walk the entire 6.75 mile Arm along the towpath (apart from a short-cut along Little Tring Road).  However boats are currently restricted to the first 1.5 miles from Bulbourne to the winding hole (turning place for boats) which we restored just past Little Tring.

The Wendover Canal starts at Wharf Road, Wendover, Bucks, HP22 6HF, although the water source is from a natural spring at Wellhead, near St Mary’s Church. This water supply remains essential to the main line of the Grand Union Canal as it passes over the Chiltern hills. The Arm flows from Wendover through the villages of Halton, Buckland Wharf, Drayton Beauchamp, Little Tring and joins the main Grand Union Canal at Bulbourne Junction, near Tring, Herts, HP23 5HF.

There is an interesting website of maps, which allows you to compare current and historical maps of the Arm (and elsewhere), click here to go to the website.

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