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delboy
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PostSubject: Aylesbury, Wendover, The arm of the canal that never was   Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:06 pm

Mrs DB an I decided to walk part of the Wendover canal arm, its original purpose one would think was to bring Spices and Silks from Birmingham to the people of Wendover, however, this was nothing further from the truth, as water springs from the Chiltern hills were needed to feed the Tring reservoirs to top up the Grand Union canal as vasts amounts of water was needed in the navigation of boats.

In 1793 a navigatable canal was built but leaks occurred and was repuddled but after a number years it leaked more water than it supplied and navigation came to a end.



So here we start our walk a small underground stream comes out from under the road



It passes by the village school and several houses that back on to it



It then winds it's way into the countryside



Various species of duck can be seen along the canal as they are not troubled by any boats but no sign of the Aylesbury duck
which has become almost extinct, as there is only one farm left that rears them for the restaurant industry



In the distance are the hills that we got lost in a week or so ago





At this point the canal becomes wide to have allowed boats to make a turn but this is now weeded up



A swan has decided to build it's nest in the middle



The lambs are growing up fast



Across the field there is another reservoir ready to feed more water to the canal



At this point we have reached the Rothschild's bridge which lead to the famous Banking family house at Halton. The House
and 3000 acres of land has since been sold to the RAF



At this point many houses back on to the canal and have stunning views across to the hills





It finally leads us near a place called Dancer's End not sure what the history of that was but they didn't like line dancers down here



At this point it looked like rain so we turned and headed back.

Just after this point the canal goes under the A41 and a bit further down there is a sluice gate holding the water level to about 2 feet. After which
it runs dry. At the other end for 1.3 miles the part that should join the Grand Union has been restored at the cost of £400,000 and is at present
has been sealed off to hold water for navigational purposes but thats another walk














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PostSubject: Re: Aylesbury, Wendover, The arm of the canal that never was   Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:39 pm

eek Do they drown line dancers then? eek Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Aylesbury, Wendover, The arm of the canal that never was   Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:20 pm

Only when they are rude to other forum members Fight wow wink
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PostSubject: Re: Aylesbury, Wendover, The arm of the canal that never was   Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:46 pm

Results two bruised toes on same foot, what was that all about. I soaked them in a hot bath tonight hopefully better tomorrow
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PostSubject: Re: Aylesbury, Wendover, The arm of the canal that never was   Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:35 pm

Great post and it looked like a lovely day - starting out, anyway cheers

Lovely to have the pics too - I feel like I've just done 8/9 miles myself . . . that must entitle me to another mars bar lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Aylesbury, Wendover, The arm of the canal that never was   Tue Apr 12, 2011 7:15 am

Looks lovely. The Grand union goes near our little town also. It joins the Oxford at Braunston.
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PostSubject: Re: Aylesbury, Wendover, The arm of the canal that never was   Tue Apr 12, 2011 7:59 am

Great photo's Delboy, as said it feels like we are walking with you in your descriptions.

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PostSubject: Re: Aylesbury, Wendover, The arm of the canal that never was   Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:18 am

Well I was awoken with a throbbing toe at 2:00am this morning and had to take a painkiller to get back to sleep but seems to be
ok this morning cheers
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