TQ0488 : Whitewater Lock, near Harefield

taken 4 years ago, near to Denham Green, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain

Whitewater Lock, near Harefield
Whitewater Lock, near Harefield
Whitewater Lock on the Grand Union Canal. The towpath forms part of two long distance walking paths, the Grand Union Canal Walk and the London Loop, and is also par tof the National Cycle Network.
Grand Union Canal Walk
A 145 mile walk following the Grand Union Canal. This first national waterways walk was created as part of the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the creation of the canal companies that later formed the Grand Union Canal. Being almost entirely towpath it provides much for those interested in canal history.
From the centre of London at Little Venice the canal heads to Slough and then through Hertfordshire and the Chilterns to Tring. Apart from the stretch through Milton Keynes the route is then largely rural passing the Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne to Leamington Spa and Warwick. The final stretch is through the suburbs of Birmingham. Logo, see TQ1678 : Three walk logos, Gallows Bridge
The Grand Union Canal
The Grand Union Canal was formed from an amalgamation of several formerly separate canals. Until the 1920s these had been independently owned and operated. The original part of the system was the Grand Junction Canal between Braunston and Brentford, constructed to reduce the route from the Midlands to London by sixty miles. This had locks fourteen feet wide, many branches to major towns and broad beam boats carrying up to seventy tons. Earlier linking canals were built with seven foot wide locks.

The Regent's Canal acquired the Grand Junction and other canals in 1929 and created the new Grand Union Canal Company. In 1932, with government aid, extensive modernisation was carried out, including the widening of 52 locks between Braunston and Birmingham (Camp Hill), and the demolition and replacement of many 18th and early 19th century bridges; then the money ran out - and the World War II started, so the task was never completed.

Waterways absorbed into the Grand Union Canal Company (GUCC) include:

London area:

Regent's Canal original company
Hertford Union Canal bought by the Regent's Canal in 1857

Main Line*:

Warwick and Napton Canal bought by the Regent's Canal in 1927
Warwick and Birmingham Canal bought by the Regent's Canal in 1927
Birmingham and Warwick Junction Canal bought by the Regent's Canal in 1927
Grand Junction Canal bought by the Regent's Canal in 1927

Leicester Line:

Old Grand Union Canal bought by the Grand Junction in 1894
Leicestershire and Northamptonshire Union Canal bought by the Grand Junction in 1894
Leicester Navigation bought by the Grand Union in 1932
Loughborough Navigation bought by the Grand Union in 1932
Erewash Canal bought by the Grand Union in 1932

*The current main line starts in London and ends in Birmingham (Digbeth), stretching for 137 miles (220 km) with 166 locks.

For more details, a good start is: LinkExternal link
London Outer Orbital Path (LOOP)
Starting at the Thames at Erith and finishing on the opposite north bank at Coldharbour, the Loop (London Outer Orbital Path) is 150 miles long, passing through numerous woods, commons and parks and on waterside paths alongside the Grand Union Canal and London rivers such as the Colne, Crane, Cray, Darent and Ingrebourne.
The National Cycle Network
The National Cycle Network is a network of cycle routes. It was created by the charity Sustrans LinkExternal link (Sustainable Transport), aided by a National Lottery grant.

Many routes aim to minimise contact with motor traffic, though 70% of them are on roads.[2] In some cases the NCN uses pedestrian routes, disused railways, minor roads, canal towpaths, or traffic-calmed routes in towns and cities.
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TQ0488, 35 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 8 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 1 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Canals 
Canal (from Tags)
Lockkeepers House  Lock  Grand Union Canal 
Path (from Tags)
Grand Union Canal Walk 
Ldp (from Tags)
Grand Union Canal Walk 
Long Distance Path (from Tags)
Grand Union Canal Walk  London Loop 
Name (from Tags)
Grand Union Canal 
Place (from Tags)
Grand Union Canal  North West London 
County (from Tags)
Greater London 
Near (from Tags)
Harefield 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 0497 8872 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:35.2540N 0:29.1742W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 0497 8869
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