The Grand Union Canal leaves the River Thames at Brentford and climbs over fifty locks up into the Chiltern hills. It descends then climbs again to a new summit in Birmingham, 137 miles and 166 locks. Boatmen used to claim to do it in five days but allow well over a week if you want to get any sleep! The image shows Grand Union Canal passing at about 10 minutes’ walk from where I’m staying…

Written by Sadaf Zarrar
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