SP8608 : The Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal

taken 9 years ago, near to Wendover, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain

The Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal
The Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal
This sign was erected to record the Arm's 200th Anniversary.

Photographs of interesting features all along the canal will appear in the following geographs.

SP8608 The Towpath is part of the Aylesbury Ring Walk. This section starts with the former Wendover Wharf and a winding hole, and also includes a wooden footbridge on the site of an earlier railway bridge LinkExternal link
SP8609 This section provides a pleasant stream-side walk with extensive marsh on The Wides (spreading into SP0709 and crossed by the Perch Bridge).
SP8610 A pleasant rural chalk stream with no particular canal features.
SP8710 Passes through the village of Halton, with a modern road bridge and a highly ornate bridge built by the Rothschilds of Halton House. It also includes Harelane Bridge.
SP8810 A pleasant rural chalk stream with no particular canal features.
SP8811 This disused section of the canal includes “The Narrows” and Wellonhead Bridge
SP8911 This section of the canal is watered, with fields on one side and 20 century house (Aston Clinton) on the other. At Buckland Wharf there are two road bridges which will be an obstacle to navigation when Phase II to reopening the canal is completed.
SP9011 This includes the section of the canal which was relocated and refurbished with the building of the Aston Clinton Bypass. It includes an original road bridge at Drayton Beauchamp.
SP9012 This section is in the process of being restored. The first short section was filled in November 2007 and work is continuing back towards Little Tring.
SP9112 Currently (2009) the “dry” section of the canal is a ditch of glutinous mud which has been bridged by a footbridge (No 4) in order to keep an existing right of way open. It also includes the end of the watered section of the canal, including the recently opened winding hole, the rebuilt little Tring Bridge, the site of the old stop lock and the Little Tring Pumping Station.
SP9113 A short section of the canal which is currently being restored. At the eastern end the old canal trench was used as the town refuse dump in the early 20th century.
SP9212 This section includes the Tring Feeder and the site of Bushell's Wharf. The annual Wendover Arm Festival is held in a field adjoining the canal.
SP9213 Features here include Tring Wharf at New Mill, the humpbacked bridge at New Mill, and the inflow from Tring sewerage works. At the north-east end it joins the Grand Union Canal at the Tring Summit.
Wendover Arm, Grand Union Canal
The Wendover Arm was planned as a feeder to supply water to the Tring Summit of the Grand Junction Canal (now the Grand Union Canal). It was completed as a navigable canal in 1797 and operated as such throughout the 19th century. However the canal leaked water and was closed early in the 20th century, and the water was piped into the reservoirs at Tring. As a result the route of the canal currently splits into three sections:
From Wendover to Drayton Beauchamp (via Halton and Buckland Wharf) the old canal channel carries what is, in environmental terms, a very healthy chalk stream. Because of the minimal human disturbance it supports a wide range of animal and plant species.
Between Drayton Beauchamp and Little Tring the canal channel is currently being relined so that it can be re-watered – allowing canal boats to travel to Buckland Wharf, where low road bridges currently prevent further progress. This work is being carried out by the Wendover Arm Trust LinkExternal link
Between Little Tring and the Tring Summit of the Grand Union Canal the canal is fully navigable, and a short section has recently been reopened to provide a winding hole. This section gives great pleasure to those who travel in barges but is environmentally far less interesting than the Wendover end because passing barges stir up the mud.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 25 March, 2009   (more nearby)
Saturday, 4 April, 2009
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 869 082 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:45.9603N 0:44.4675W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 869 082
View Direction
EAST (about 90 degrees)
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