Pete's Walks - Marsworth, Tring Station, Halton (page 1 of 6)

If you are considering walking this route yourself, please see my disclaimer. You may also like to see these notes about the maps.

Google map of the walk

I did this circular walk of about 14.8 miles on Sunday, 7th October 2018. It was a repeat of a walk I did in December 2012, but in the opposite, clockwise, direction. I also tried to follow this route clockwise in June 2016, but went wrong at one point and slightly shortened the route.

I parked in Marsworth (there is a large car park, but I parked in a side street to avoid paying). From the end of the car park I followed the towpath of the Grand Union Canal, passing Startop's End and Marsworth reservoirs on my right and going by one or two locks on the canal. After three-quarters of a mile or so I crossed a footbridge over the start of the Wendover Arm of the canal (I'd be seeing more of this later on), carrying on along the main part of the canal for a few hundred yards to reach a road bridge at Bulbourne (by the Grand Junction Arms pub, Grand Junction being the original name of this part of the canal).

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The towpath just after leaving the car park at Marsworth

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The towpath going past the reservoirs

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The Grand Union canal

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Marsworth Reservoir

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The canal junction at Bulbourne - the footbridge crosses the start of the Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal

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Approaching Bulbourne

I followed the towpath under the bridge and continued alongside the canal. Soon there was a lengthy straight stretch with tall trees either side of the canal. About three-quarters of a mile after Bulbourne I reached a bridge carrying Marshcroft Lane across the canal - here the towpath switched to the left of the canal. It was then about another three-quarters of a mile along the tree-lined canal to the next bridge, where I left the canal by going up a flight of steps on the left to reach the village of Tring Station.

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The Grand Union canal just south of Bulbourne

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The Grand Union canal

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The Grand Union Canal after the towpath switched to the other bank at Marshcroft Lane

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Where I left the canal at Tring Station

I crossed the road here, went a few yards right and turned left along Beggars Lane. After two or three hundred yards a footpath (part of the Ridgeway national trail) went right, running southwest between fences for about half a mile to reach the A4251 (formerly the A41 before the new dual carriageway, and long before that the Roman Akeman Street). I crossed the road and went a short way right, before the Ridgeway continued along a path on the left, going round two sides of a paddock on my right and then turning left to cross the impressive footbridge over the A41 dual carriageway.

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The start of the footpath from Beggars Lane

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The footpath from Beggars Lane

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The footpath from Beggars Lane

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The footpath from Beggars Lane

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The footpath on the other side of the old A41 (A4251)

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The footbridge across the A41 dual carriageway