The Parks Trust are pleased to launch a new, illustrated map of The Grand Union Canal which runs through Milton Keynes. The Trust have designed the map to be used by boaters, walkers and cyclists, to help them enjoy using the picturesque canal corridor as a means of finding their way to the many fascinating places and points of interest along the route.
Built over 200 years ago the canal was originally created to provide a transport link between London and Birmingham. Today the canal offers a serene option for those who want to travel by or alongside water to explore Milton Keynes.
The map shows the section of the Grand Union Canal that passes through Milton Keynes. The route includes an 11-mile, lock-free section between Fenny Stratford in the south and Cosgrove in the north. When Milton Keynes was being designed, the New Town plan incorporated the canal as a key feature in the city’s distinctive linear park network. As you can see from this map, where the canal winds its way through the city it passes numerous parkland areas, many of which are managed by The Parks Trust, who are the self-financing charity that cares for over 6,000 acres of greenspace in Milton Keynes.
There are many highlights to enjoy as you make your way along the canal – if you were to join the Grand Union Canal to the south at Fenny Stratford, your journey would take you past Caldecotte Lake. This is an ideal spot for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits, particularly if you have a love of watersports.
Beyond Caldecotte Lake, you’ll find yourself in the heart of the city and just a few minutes’ walk from Campbell Park boasting beautiful views and landscaping as well as a host of community activities and events. You will also be in walking distance of Willen Lake which offers a number of attractions including watersports, a high ropes course and a large splash park for children.
Milton Keynes is also home to Campbell Wharf Marina, which is located directly off the Grand Union Canal. The marina has 111 berths and has been designed to accommodate wide beams, narrowboats and cruisers. It is finished to a high standard and equipped with excellent facilities. To find out more visit www.campbellwharfmarina.com.
You can take a short walk from Campbell Wharf Marina, to the centre of Milton Keynes where you’ll find a large shopping centre, MK Gallery, the theatre, Xscape, plus much more. When you are ready to resume your trip along the canal, you will be able to take in Wolverton, which was founded in the early 19th century as a railway town and here you will pass over the Iron Trunk Aqueduct which carries the Grand Union Canal over the River Ouse and stands at an impressive 10.8 metres high.
The Grand Union Canal through Milton Keynes offers a truly incredible opportunity to take in all that this fantastic city has to offer from its beautiful green spaces, lakes and woodlands to its leisure, culture and entertainment activities and attractions – you will be spoilt for choice!