Canoe Days Out

Hertfordshire - Grand Union Canal - Cow Roast to the Wendover Arm (& return)

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How to get there - Cow Roast is midway between Tring and Berkhampsted on the A4251.

For those with SatNav the postcode is HP23 5RF.

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Suggested Launch Site - There is car parking on the verge and the road near the lock cottage at Cow Roast. It is a very short portage beyond the lock to an easy put in.

General Description - Cow Roast Lock marks the beginning of the Tring summit level so there are no locks on this trip. After passing a marina, the canal enters Tring Cutting, a very peaceful and wooded stretch. Just past the Grand Union Arms at Bulbourne take the Wendover Arm which leaves under a footbridge on the left. The Wendover Arm is being restored and at present it ends about a mile beyond the junction with the Grand Union. The round trip is about 8 miles.

Comments on this trip

Dorian Lovett
13 Sep 2010
My wife and I did this yesterday in reverse. First time either of us had been in a canoe, and it offered a great route on which to learn. Wide enough in most parts to allow for some wayward steering, and with no portages to worry about. There were a few fishermen on the Wendover Arm but they were all very pleasant.

Steve Baker
25 May 2008
I thought it worth mentioning that the Tring cutting is great on a windy day as it is so sheltered. We did this trip yesterday but in reverse launching at Little Tring, but I later moved the car to the Grand Junction Arms for an easier, more relaxed take out.


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