This circular walk starts and ends with long stretches of the Aylesbury Arm off the Grand Union Canal. Originally one of many spurs off the main arterial trunk of the then Grand Junction Canal, the Aylesbury Arm was opened in 1815 and is just over six miles long, linking Marsworth outside Tring to the centre of Aylesbury. The stroll along the towpath is bookended by two of the Arm's 16 locks, with the Arm unusual in being a narrow canal, whereas the Grand Union is broad, thereby restricting the size of boat that can use it.
The route detours away from the canal after half way, to follow an arc following mainly bridleways, although the path can get rather overgrown in the summer months, including the walker's enemy, stinging nettles, so best not to wear shorts! There's also a short dip away from the canal at the start to take you past the Oak Farm Rare Breeds Park (01296 415709), which also offers refreshments. There is one short section of road walking without pavements and a few stiles to negotiate. Otherwise, this is a fairly flat and straightforward walk, combining footpath with towpath. Two hours should be more than enough to complete it.
The walk begins at the Canal and River Trust car park just before the canal bridge, a mile north of the A41 on Broughton Lane, itself a mile east of Aylesbury, just after the village of Broughton. For GPS types, the postcode for Broughton Lane is HP22 5AR.
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