Grand Union Canal – Tring to Berkhamsted

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Grand Union Canal – Tring to Berkhamsted

Distance: 7.4km
Elevation: 21m
Time: 2-2.5h

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Enjoy a picturesque walk alongside the historic Grand Union Canal, from the train station in Tring to the train station in Berkhamsted. Watch the ducks swim lazily past boats navigating the locks.

Getting there

Take the train to Tring station or park in the station car park using postcode HP23 5QR. Return to the car park via the train from Berkhamsted after completing the walk. Alternatively, park at Berkhamsted station using postcode HP4 2AJ, take the train to Tring, and then return to Berkhamsted on foot.

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When to do

Year Round

Backcountry Campsites

No

Toilets

Berkhamsted Station

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Low

Route Type

One Way


Elevation


Detailed Description

Turn left out of Tring station. Walk along the footpath and cross when you near the bridge. Go down the steps on the right. Walk under the bridge and join the canal path to Berkhamsted, with the canal on your right.

Follow this same path the entire way. During this pleasant jaunt you will encounter 7 locks and 7 bridges, all of which provide interesting views!

After 3.2km you will reach Cow Roast Marina. Take time to stop on the bridge and see the canal boats moored together. Shortly after Cow Roast you will need to cross the road and join the path on the other side, this time with the canal on your left.

As you start to reach Berkhamsted the canal will get busier, the trail widens, and the houses start to appear. As the path ends it passes through a park and turns a wide bend. Here you will see the station on the other side of the canal. The path then leads uphill to Mill Street, and you will see a double bridge with a road and a separate footbridge with railings. Cross here to reach the station.

If you are still up for an adventure, turn right instead of crossing the bridge. Follow the road all the way to the high street, about 5 minutes away.

Insider Hints

  • Plan to stop at one of the many independent eateries in Berkhamsted. The Black Goo Café on the top floor of the Home and Colonial Antique Shop has a particularly good vegan and gluten free selection.

  • There are no facilities along the way, so prepare if travelling with younger members of the family!

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