Enjoy a journey along The Grand Union Canal

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05 October 2020


Download the Grand Union Canal map

We are pleased to launch a new, illustrated map of The Grand Union Canal which runs through Milton Keynes. The map is designed 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!



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  • Waterhall Park

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    Hidden at the very southern corner of Milton Keynes, Waterhall Park is the perfect place to spot wildlife.

    Refreshments
    There are no refreshment facilities at Waterhall Park. The nearest shops and cafes are at Serpentine Court, Fenny Stratford and Queensway, Bletchley.

  • Caldecotte Lake

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    Planning an outdoor adventure in Milton Keynes? Explore the beautiful location of Caldecotte Lake. Whether its watersports, birdwatching or children’s activities, you’re sure to have a great family day out, with lots of space for little ones to run around, plus some tranquil corners to relax as well.

    Refreshments
    The Caldecotte Pub & Grill is open for meals, snacks and hot and cold drinks.

  • Campbell Park

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    Located at the heart of Milton Keynes, Campbell Park hosts many of Milton Keynes’ major festivals and events. Its imaginative mix of formal gardens, water features, woodland and open pasture mean it’s an ideal spot to enjoy the changing seasons.

    Refreshments
    There are no refreshment facilities in Campbell Park other than during special events. However, there are a wealth of cafes, bars and restaurants in the nearby city centre, theatre district and Xscape centre.

  • Willen Lake South

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    Willen Lake is Milton Keynes’ most popular park. Visitors take part in watersports activities, go cycling, enjoy the playground, try the high ropes course or simply picnic along Willen’s shores. It’s a great place to entertain all ages of family and friends, whether it’s a visit to the café or restaurant, a stroll, trying a beginners’ course in sailing or hiring a pedalo or bike.

    Refreshments
    The one4six café and The Lakeside Pub operated by Fayre and Square.

  • Great Linford Manor Park

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    Great Linford Manor Park is a special, heritage-rich park set within the old village of Great Linford. It contains features that were first laid out centuries ago, including ponds and a Wilderness Garden which represent the English Landscape style of garden design that became popular for country estates during the 18th Century.

    Refreshments
    Refreshments and food can be found nearby at The Black Horse and the Nag’s Head which are open for lunch and supper. Milton Keynes Arts Centre has a small café where drinks can be purchased.

  • Ouse Valley Park

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    The Ouse Valley Park lies in the floodplain of the Great Ouse which flows from Oxfordshire to the Wash. The park is the most rural of any found in Milton Keynes and is a great place to go to experience the feeling of the countryside without leaving the city. Old trees, hedgerows, meadows, and new plantations combine to provide excellent habitats for wildlife.

    Refreshments
    Refreshments can be found at Stony Stratford, Wolverton and New Bradwell alongside the park. At Old Wolverton the route passes directly by the Wolverton House pub restaurant.

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