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Wendover Arm (Grand Union Canal)

The Wendover Arm was originally designed to carry water from springs near Wendover to the principal line of the Grand Junction Canal at Bulbourne in Hertfordshire.  The cost to make the waterway navigable was negligible, so in 1799 boats began to use the stretch to carry coal, timber, straw and manure.

Wendover Arm (Grand Union Canal) Map

A boat cruising at Wendover Arm on the Grand Union Canal.

From Aston Clinton to Wendover

The restored length of the Wendover Arm is gradually being extended with regular work parties undertaking substantial works along a former dried-out and leak-prone section of the Arm, towards Aston Clinton and the A41 bypass where navigable headroom has been provided under the new road. The canal is in water from here all the way through the original terminus wharf at Wendover.

Waterway notes

Waterway underfunding

Hundreds of miles of waterways – along with their unique heritage and habitats – are currently starved of funding and rely on constant lobbying by us to safeguard their future.

Sustainable Boating

We want boating on canals and rivers to be more sustainable and – even though the current overall contribution to UK carbon emissions is very small – we want to help reduce emissions on the waterways.

Waterways Heritage at Risk

Britain’s canals and rivers are a unique, living heritage. But that heritage is at risk – from urban development, lack of protection, loss of skills and knowledge and climate change.

You can help Save Waterways Heritage.

Waterway restoration

Restoring the UK’s blue infrastructure – our inherited network of navigable canals and rivers – is good for people and places.

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