Grand Union Canal
Walking Holiday in
The Midlands and Southern England

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The Grand Union Canal
Walking Holiday in The Midlands and Southern England
from Birmingham to The Thames at Kew London
via Leamington Spa, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, Chilterns, Tring and Watford.

The Grand Union Canal Towpath walk is 147 miles long, starting in Gas Street Basin in Birmingham, passing through the beautiful rural countryside of Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire and the Chilterns, and ending at the Thames Lock at Brentford.
The Grand Union Canal is the longest canal in the United Kingdom and the walk can be extended by walking on the Thames Path to the centre of London.

This walking holiday on the Grand Union Canal connects with The Oxford Canal at Napton and Braunston
The Ridgeway at Tring
The Shakespeares Way at West Drayton
The Thames Path at Kew

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Our self-guided walking holidays are designed with your comfort and enjoyment in mind and can be tailor-made to your own personal requirements.
The routes are clearly way-marked to provide reassurance on your hiking vacation.
We use high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels with en-suite or private bathroom to ensure you are well rested each night after a busy day hiking and sightseeing. Rest assured that all our accommodation walking holiday providers are hand-picked and offer you that famous British hospitality.
Special diets can be catered for, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free.
We organize the luggage transfer so your bags are at your next accommodation when you arrive.
Let’s Go Walking has developed one of the largest choices of walking holidays and our offices are staffed 9am to 9pm to ensure your walking holiday runs without a hitch.

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This walking holiday in the UK operates March to October and in either direction.

The daily distances are only a suggestion. If you would like to walk longer or shorter distances, we can arrange that too.
Our stated distances include mileage to the accommodation or pickup point and so may not agree with the guide book mileages.
Rest days can be taken in any location.

Why not combine this walk with a hiking tour in another part of the UK or Ireland. Our staff will be happy to advise on necessary transfers.

Online booking available.
A deposit of £85 per person is required to secure the booking, with the balance due 6 weeks before departure.
Optional extra days and accommodation upgrades can be added during the booking process online.

Itineraries North to South
STANDARD PACED
These holidays can also walked in South to North direction.

The Grand Union Canal
(Standard Paced)
from Birmingham to Kew, London
17 Day Itinerary
15 days walking and 16 nights

Suggested Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive Birmingham
Day 2: Gas Street Basin to Acocks Green         8 miles
Day 3: Acocks Green to Apworth                     12 miles
Day 4: Apworth to Leamington Spa                  13 miles
Day 5: Leamington Spa to Long Itchington        7 miles
Day 6: Long Itchington to Daventry                  12 miles
Day 7: Daventry to Weedon Bec                         7 miles
Day 8: Weedon Bec to Blisworth                        8 miles
Day 9:
Blisworth to Stony Stratford                  12 miles
Day 10: Stony Stratford to Fenny Stratford       11 miles
Day 11: Fenny Stratford to Ivinghoe                    13 miles
Day 12: Ivinghoe to Berkhamsted                       10 miles
Day 13: Berkhamsted to Hunton Bridge              9 miles
Day 14: Hunton Bridge to Harefield                     9 miles
Day 15: Harefield to Hayes                                    9 miles
Day 16: Hayes to Brentford/Kew                          7 miles
Optional Day: wakling Kew to central London   14 miles
Day 17: Depart after breakfast

£1,648pp
dbl/twin

£2,272pp
single occ

£2,432pp
solo traveller

All prices subject to change

Extra nights from £59 per person depending on location

Suggested Tour Duration:
16 nights, 15 days walking
Total Distance:
147 miles/235 kms
Min/max daily distance:
7/13 miles
Average Daily distance:
10 miles
Grading:
Easy
Features:
Gas Street Basin in Birmingham
Iron Trunk Aqueduct at Cosgrove
Hatton Flight of 21 locks
Royal Military Depot at Weedon Bec
Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne
Kew Gardens
Syon Park House and Gardens
This route connects with:
Oxford Canal Towpath
Shakespeares Way
The Ridgeway
Thames Path

The Grand Union Canal
(Standard Paced)
from Birmingham to Stony Stratford
10 Day Itinerary
8 days walking and 9 nights

Suggested Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive Birmingham
Day 2: Gas Street Basin to Acocks Green       8 miles
Day 3: Acocks Green to Apworth                    12 miles
Day 4: Apworth to Leamington Spa                 13 miles
Day 5: Leamington Spa to Long Itchington       7 miles
Day 6: Long Itchington to Daventry                 12 miles
Day 7: Daventry to Weedon Bec                        7 miles
Day 8: Weedon Bec to Blisworth                       8 miles
Day 9:
Blisworth to Stony Stratford                12 miles
Day 10: Depart after breakfast

£990pp
dbl/twin

£1,341pp
single occ

£1,431pp
solo traveller

All prices subject to change

Extra nights from £59 per person depending on location

Suggested Tour Duration:
9 nights, 8 days walking
Total Distance:
79 miles/126 kms
Min/max daily distance:
7/13 miles
Average Daily distance:
10 miles
Grading:
Easy
Features:
Gas Street Basin in Birmingham
Iron Trunk Aqueduct at Cosgrove
Hatton Flight of 21 locks
Royal Military Depot at Weedon Bec
Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne
This route connects with:
Oxford Canal Towpath

The Grand Union Canal
(Standard Paced)
from Stony Stratford to Kew, London
9 Day Itinerary
7 days walking and 8 nights

Suggested Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive Stony Stratford
Day 2: Stony Stratford to Fenny Stratford  11 miles
Day 3: Fenny Stratford to Ivinghoe             13 miles
Day 4: Ivinghoe to Berkhamsted                 10 miles
Day 5: Berkhamsted to Hunton Bridge        9 miles
Day 6: Hunton Bridge to Harefield               9 miles
Day 7: Harefield to Hayes                             9 miles
Day 8: Hayes to Brentford/Kew                   7 miles
Optional Day:Kew to central London         14 miles
Day 9: Depart after breakfast

£880pp
dbl/twin

£1,192pp
single occ

£1,272pp
solo traveller

All prices subject to change

Extra nights from £59 per person depending on location

Suggested Tour Duration:
8 nights, 7 days walking
Total Distance:
68 miles/109 kms
Min/max daily distance:
7/13 miles
Average Daily distance:
10 miles
Grading:
Easy
Features:
Kew Gardens
Syon Park House and Gardens
This route connects with:
Oxford Canal
Shakespeares Way
The Ridgeway
Thames Path

Itineraries North to South
MODERATE PACED
These holidays can also walked in South to North direction.

The Grand Union Canal
(Moderate Paced)
from Birmingham to Kew, London
11 Day Itinerary
9 days walking and 10 nights

Suggested Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive Birmingham
Day 2: Gas Street Basin to Knowle                  16 miles
Day 3: Knowle to Leamington Spa                    17 miles
Day 4: Leamington Spa to Braunston               16 miles
Day 5: Baunston to Blisworth                           18 miles
Day 6: Blisworth to Stony Stratford                12 miles
Day 7: Stony Stratford to Leighton Buzzard   18 miles
Day 8: Leighton Buzzard to Berkhamsted       16 miles
Day 9:
Berkhamsted to Harefield                      18 miles
Day 10: Harefield to Kew                                   16 miles
Optional Day:Kew to central London               14 miles
Day 11: Depart after breakfast

£1,030pp
dbl/twin

£1,420pp
single occ

£1,520pp
solo traveller

All prices subject to change

Extra nights from £59 per person depending on location

Suggested Tour Duration:
10 nights, 9 days walking
Total Distance:
147 miles/235 kms
Min/max daily distance:
12/18 miles
Average Daily distance:
16 miles
Grading:
Easy/Moderate
Features:
Gas Street Basin in Birmingham
Iron Trunk Aqueduct at Cosgrove
Hatton Flight of 21 locks
Royal Military Depot at Weedon Bec
Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne
Kew Gardens
Syon Park House and Gardens
This route connects with:
Oxford Canal Towpath
Shakespeares Way
The Ridgeway
Thames Path

The Grand Union Canal
(Moderate Paced)
from Birmingham to Stony Stratford
7 Day Itinerary
5 days walking and 6 nights

Suggested Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive Birmingham
Day 2: Gas Street Basin to Knowle                  16 miles
Day 3: Knowle to Leamington Spa                    17 miles
Day 4: Leamington Spa to Braunston               16 miles
Day 5: Baunston to Blisworth                           18 miles
Day 6: Blisworth to Stony Stratford                 12 miles
Day 7: Depart after breakfast

£660pp
dbl/twin

£894pp
single occ

£954pp
solo traveller

All prices subject to change

Extra nights from £59 per person depending on location

Suggested Tour Duration:
6 nights, 5 days walking
Total Distance:
79 miles/126 kms
Min/max daily distance:
12/18 miles
Average Daily distance:
16 miles
Grading:
Moderate/Easy
Features:
Gas Street Basin in Birmingham
Iron Trunk Aqueduct at Cosgrove
Hatton Flight of 21 locks
Royal Military Depot at Weedon Bec
Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne
This route connects with:
Oxford Canal Towpath

The Grand Union Canal
(Moderate Paced)
from Stony Stratford to Kew, London
6 Day Itinerary
4 days walking and 5 nights

Suggested Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive Stony Stratford
Day 2: Stony Stratford to Leighton Buzzard     18 miles
Day 3: Leighton Buzzard to Berkhamsted         16 miles
Day 4:
Berkhamsted to Harefield                       18 miles
Day 5: Harefield to Kew                                      16 miles
Optional Day: walking Kew to central London  14 miles
Day 6: Depart after breakfast

£550pp
dbl/twin

£745pp
single occ

£795pp
solo traveller

All prices subject to change

Extra nights from £59 per person depending on location

Suggested Tour Duration:
5 nights, 4 days walking
Total Distance:
68 miles/109 kms
Min/max daily distance:
16/18 miles
Average Daily distance:
17 miles
Grading:
Moderate/Easy
Features:
Kew Gardens
Syon Park House and Gardens
This route connects with:
Shakespeares Way
The Ridgeway
Thames Path

What’s included
in your UK walking holiday
in South England on
The Kennet and Avon Canal
& River Avon Trail

  • accommodation at high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • room with en-suite or private bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities
  • daily luggage transfer
  • support should there be any problems on route
  • detailed itineraries
  • OS 1:25,000 map
  • guide book to The Kennet and Avon Canal & River Avon Trail Guide Book

Optional Extras
for your UK Walking Holiday
in South England on
The Kennet and Avon Canal
& River Avon Trail

  • upgrade to the region’s most elegant, prestigious and famous hotels, where available
  • transfers back to car or station
  • parking facilities
  • rest days
  • inn to inn walks
 

What’s not included
in your UK walking holiday
in South England on
The Kennet and Avon Canal
& River Avon Trail

  • lunches and dinners
  • travel insurance

Lunches and Dinners
These are not included.
Evening meals
These are available at overnight locations, either at your accommodation or in the town/village.
Packed lunches
These can be provided by your accommodation or can be obtained from a local store, or cafe or inn along the route.

Holiday Travel Insurance
We require that you take out holiday insurance as Let’s Go Biking Ltd accepts no liability for the following:
cancellation, personal accident, illness, loss/theft of personal possessions and/or money, and any unforeseen circumstances, especially travel delays.

This is in addition to our existing
booking conditions.

How to get there:

  • By Plane  to Bristol or London where we can arrange transfer to Bristol, Bath or Reading
  • By Car to Bristol, Bath or Reading where parking is available
  • By Train/Bus to Bristol, Bath or Reading

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Canal Walking Holidays
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