Grand Union Canal (Leicester Section - Old Grand Union)

The Grand Union Canal (Leicester Section - Old Grand Union) is a narrow canal and is part of the Grand Union Canal (Leicester Section). It runs for 23 miles and ¾ furlongs through 17 locks from Foxton Junction (where it joins the Grand Union Canal (Leicester Section - Leicestershire and Northamptonshire Union Canal) and the Grand Union Canal (Leicester Section - Market Harborough Branch)) to Norton Junction (where it joins the Grand Union Canal (Grand Junction Canal - Main Line - Braunston to Norton) and the Grand Union Canal (Grand Junction Canal - Main Line - Norton to Gayton)).

The maximum dimensions for a boat to be able to travel on the waterway are 72 feet long and 7 feet wide. The maximum headroom is not known. The maximum draught is not known.

It has junctions with the Grand Union Canal (Leicester Section - Welford Arm) at Welford Branch Junction and with the Grand Union Canal (Leicester Section - Inclined Plane Branch) at Inclined Plane Upper Access Arm Junction.

Notable features of the waterway include: Watford Locks, Crick Tunnel and Husband's Bosworth Tunnel

The navigational authority for this waterway is Canal & River Trust

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Foxton Junction
Junction of Grand Union Market Harborough Branch with Leicester Section
Foxton Bottom Staircase
Lock No 13 to Lock No 17. Footbridge after each set of double gates and Bridge 61, carrying a minor access road, over Lock No 17
½ furlongs 0 locks
Foxton Top Staircase
Lock No 8 to Lock No 12. Footbridge after each set of double gates
1¼ furlongs 5 locks
Inclined Plane Upper Access Arm Junction
Foxton Top Lock Winding Hole
2¼ furlongs 10 locks
Gumley Road Bridge No 60 3¼ furlongs 10 locks
Fixed Weir 9, Leicester Summit Weir 5½ furlongs 10 locks
Bungalow Bridge No 59 7 furlongs 10 locks
Lubenham Lodge Bridge No 58 1 mile and ¾ furlongs 10 locks
Laughton Road Bridge No 57 1 mile and 2 furlongs 10 locks
Morton's Bridge No 56 1 mile and 3½ furlongs 10 locks
Bunkers Hill Bridge No 55 1 mile and 7¼ furlongs 10 locks
Laughton Manor Farm Bridge No 54 2 miles and 1 furlong 10 locks
Laughton Lodge Bridge No 53 2 miles and 3¼ furlongs 10 locks
Ivy Lodge Farm Bridge No 52 2 miles and 5 furlongs 10 locks
Kicklewell Spinney Bridge No 51 3 miles 10 locks
Theddingworth Road Bridge No 50 3 miles and 3½ furlongs 10 locks
Theddington Lodge Bridge No 49 3 miles and 4¾ furlongs 10 locks
Freeman's Bridge No 48 3 miles and 6¾ furlongs 10 locks
Sheepwash Bridge No 47 4 miles and 1½ furlongs 10 locks
Pipe Bridge No 46A (Grand Union Canal) 4 miles and 3¾ furlongs 10 locks
Honey Pot Farm Bridge No 46 5 miles and 1½ furlongs 10 locks
Husband's Bosworth Tunnel (Northeast end) 5 miles and 3 furlongs 10 locks
Husband's Bosworth Tunnel (Southwest end) 6 miles and ¼ furlongs 10 locks
North Kilworth Bridge No 45
North Kilworth half a mile west
6 miles and 6½ furlongs 10 locks
North Kilworth Wharf 6 miles and 6¾ furlongs 10 locks
North Kilworth Narrows
Possible site of bridge no 44
6 miles and 7½ furlongs 10 locks
North Kilworth Marina 7 miles 10 locks
North Kilworth Works Bridge No 43 7 miles and 1½ furlongs 10 locks
Welford Junction Roving Bridge No 42 7 miles and 4½ furlongs 10 locks
Welford Branch Junction
Junction of Grand Union Welford Branch with Leicester Section
7 miles and 4¾ furlongs 10 locks
Aqueduct over River Avon 7 miles and 5¾ furlongs 10 locks
Sparford Bridge No 41 7 miles and 6¾ furlongs 10 locks
Mill Bridge No 40 8 miles and 1¾ furlongs 10 locks
Hall Lane Bridge No 39 8 miles and 5¼ furlongs 10 locks
Sybolds Spinney Bridge No 38 9 miles and 1¼ furlongs 10 locks
South Kilworth Road Bridge No 37 9 miles and 3½ furlongs 10 locks
Downtown Bridge No 36 9 miles and 7¼ furlongs 10 locks
Downtown Bridge Winding Hole 10 miles 10 locks
Halfway Bridge No 34
Footpath to Stanford on Avon one and a half miles west
10 miles and 3¾ furlongs 10 locks
Old Hemplow Bridge No 33 10 miles and 7¼ furlongs 10 locks
Park Farm Bridge No 32 11 miles and 2¼ furlongs 10 locks
Stokleys Bridge No 31 11 miles and 4½ furlongs 10 locks
Elkington Lodge Bridge No 30 12 miles and 1 furlong 10 locks
A14 Road Bridge 12 miles and 1½ furlongs 10 locks
Heygate's Lodge No 29 12 miles and 4¾ furlongs 10 locks
Elkington Bridge No 28 12 miles and 6½ furlongs 10 locks
Mountain Barn Bridge No 27 13 miles and 3 furlongs 10 locks
Clay Barn Bridge No 26 13 miles and 6¼ furlongs 10 locks
Chester's Bridge No 25 14 miles and 1 furlong 10 locks
Smart's Bridge No 24 14 miles and 4¾ furlongs 10 locks
Winwick Grange Aqueduct 14 miles and 6¾ furlongs 10 locks
Darker's Bridge No 23
Winwick Grange, Manor House, 200 yards southeast
14 miles and 7¾ furlongs 10 locks
West Haddon Road Bridge No 22 15 miles and 2½ furlongs 10 locks
New House Farm Bridge No 21 15 miles and 4 furlongs 10 locks
Yelvertoft Road Bridge No 20 15 miles and 6¼ furlongs 10 locks
Yelvertoft Wharf
Yelvertoft Village half a mile northwest
16 miles 10 locks
Yelvertoft Skew Bridge No 19 16 miles and ½ furlongs 10 locks
Flint Hill Bridge No 18 16 miles and 4¼ furlongs 10 locks
Yelvertoft Marina 16 miles and 5 furlongs 10 locks
Yelvertoft Marina Slipway 16 miles and 5¾ furlongs 10 locks
Yelvertoft to Crick Footpath Bridge No 17 16 miles and 6¼ furlongs 10 locks
Foxes Farm Bridge No 16 17 miles and 1¼ furlongs 10 locks
Cracks Hill Bridge No 15 17 miles and 2¾ furlongs 10 locks
Cracks Hill Winding Hole 17 miles and 4 furlongs 10 locks
Cracks Hill Footbridge No 14 17 miles and 4¾ furlongs 10 locks
Crick Lodge Bridge No 13 17 miles and 6 furlongs 10 locks
Crick Marina Entrance No 1 17 miles and 7¾ furlongs 10 locks
Crick Marina Entrance No 2 18 miles and ¾ furlongs 10 locks
Crick Marina Entrance No 3 18 miles and 1 furlong 10 locks
Crick Wharf Bridge No 12
Crick Village a third of a mile west
18 miles and 1½ furlongs 10 locks
Crick Wharf 18 miles and 2 furlongs 10 locks
Crick Wharf Field Bridge No 11 18 miles and 2½ furlongs 10 locks
Crick Tunnel (North end) 18 miles and 4 furlongs 10 locks
Crick Tunnel (South end) 19 miles and 3 furlongs 10 locks
Crick Tunnel Horsepath Bridge No 10 19 miles and 3¼ furlongs 10 locks
Crick Railway Bridge No 9A 19 miles and 4¼ furlongs 10 locks
Home Farm Footbridge No 9 20 miles and ¼ furlongs 10 locks
Kilsby Road Bridge No 8 20 miles and 2½ furlongs 10 locks
Ashby's Bridge No 7 20 miles and 4¼ furlongs 10 locks
Watford Gap M1 Bridge No 6H 20 miles and 5¼ furlongs 10 locks
Watford Top Lock No 7 20 miles and 5¾ furlongs 10 locks
Watford Staircase
Lock No 3 to Lock No 6
20 miles and 6¼ furlongs 11 locks
Watford Lock No 2 20 miles and 6¾ furlongs 15 locks
Watford Bottom Lock No 1 20 miles and 7¼ furlongs 16 locks
Watford Pumping Station 20 miles and 7½ furlongs 17 locks
Watford Pumping Station Winding Hole 21 miles 17 locks
Thai Garden Restaurant and Bar
Formerly The Stag's Head Inn
21 miles and 2¼ furlongs 17 locks
Welton Station Bridge No 6 21 miles and 2½ furlongs 17 locks
Watford Railway Bridge No 5A 21 miles and 3¾ furlongs 17 locks
Watling Street Bridge No 5 21 miles and 6½ furlongs 17 locks
Watford Gap Narrows 21 miles and 7¾ furlongs 17 locks
Watford Gap Cattle Creep Aqueduct 22 miles and ¼ furlongs 17 locks
Watford Gap Aqueduct 22 miles and ¼ furlongs 17 locks
Welton Haven Marina 22 miles and 1½ furlongs 17 locks
Ball's Bridge No 3 22 miles and 1¾ furlongs 17 locks
Weltonfield Bridge No 2 22 miles and 5 furlongs 17 locks
Welton Hythe Marina 22 miles and 5¼ furlongs 17 locks
Norton Junction Aqueduct 23 miles 17 locks
Norton Junction Bridge No 1 23 miles and ½ furlongs 17 locks
Norton Junction
Junction of Grand Union Leicester Section with Main Line
23 miles and ¾ furlongs 17 locks
 
 
 
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Opening times notice: Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal), Navigation: Open, Towpath: Open - Lock 1 to Lock 7 — from Monday the 26th of March, 2018 to Sunday the 31st of March, 2019.

Watford Locks Summer/Winter Volunteer Lock Keeper availability times for 2017/18 have been confirmed.

Volunteer Lock Keepers will be available between these hours to assist you through the flight. Please note this flight will be accessible outside these hours however no assistance will be available from the Trust.

If you require the assistance of volunteer lock keepers please allow yourself plenty of time to ensure passage. It takes approximately 45 minutes to pass through the flight. Please be advised there may be a queue to enter the flight during busy periods.

Last assisted boat passage through the lock will be 45 minutes prior to the times posted below.

16 March 2017 - 2 April 2017

Mon - Thurs, 9:00am to 3:30pm (last assisted boat in 2:45pm)

Fri - Sun, 9:00am to 3:30pm (last assisted boat in 2:45pm)

3 April 2017 – 23 April 2017

Mon - Thurs, 8:00am to 5:00pm (last assisted boat in 4:15pm)

Fri - Sun, 8:00am to 6:00pm (last assisted boat in 5:15pm)

24 April 2017 – 10 September 2017

Mon - Thurs, 8:00am to 7:00pm (last assisted boat in 6:15pm)

Fri - Sun, 8:00am to 7:00pm (last assisted boat in 6:15pm)

11 September 2017 – 22 October 2017

Mon - Thurs, 9:00am to 4:00pm (last assisted boat in 3:15pm)

Fri - Sun, 9:00am to 5:00pm (last assisted boat in 4:15pm)

23 October 2017 – 1 April 2018

Mon - Thurs, 9:00am to 3:30pm (last assisted boat in 2:45pm)

Fri - Sun, 9:00am to 3:30pm (last assisted boat in 2:45pm)  

Notification sent Thursday the 22nd of March, 2018


Navigation closure notice: Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal), Navigation: Closed, Towpath: Open - Lock 1 to Lock 7 — from Monday the 5th of November, 2018 to Friday the 14th of December, 2018.

Update on 30/10/2018: Please be aware there was an error describing the start point of the winter navigation closure in our original notice for repair works at Watford Locks.  We apologise for this and have now amended the information. The navigation will be closed from Bottom Lock 1 to Top Lock 7 of the Watford flight.  Repairs will include: Lock 1 - top and bottom gate replacement, repairs to cill fender, lock ladder and leak in top ground paddles. Lock 2 - bottom gate refit and brickwork repairs in the lock chamber. Lock 2 to Lock 3 - repairs to eroded bank and brick repairs under the copings. Lock 4 - bottom gate reline and refit and repointing below copings. Lock 5 - bottom gates refit and reline and chamber brickwork repairs. Lock 6 - chamber brickwork repairs and replacement of cill fender. Lock 7 - reline bottom gates, repairs to handrails, repointing chamber walls. Brick work repairs on cill front, replacement of brick copings and cill fender timber.   Carry out repairs to Watford Locks as follows:

Notification sent Tuesday the 30th of October, 2018

 
 
 

Wikipedia has a page about Grand Union Canal

The Grand Union Canal in England is part of the British canal system. Its main line starts in London and ends in Birmingham, stretching for 137 miles (220 km) with 166 locks. It has arms to places including Leicester, Slough, Aylesbury, Wendover and Northampton.

The Grand Union Canal was also the original name for part of what is now part of the Leicester Line of the modern Grand Union: this latter is now generally referred to as the Old Grand Union Canal to avoid ambiguity.

Other Wikipedia pages that might relate to Grand Union Canal
[Grand Union Canal (old)] [Grand Union Canal 145 mile Race] [Union Canal] [Shropshire Union Canal] [Grand Junction Canal] [Grand Union] [Oxford Canal] [Hertford Union Canal] [Grand Union Canal Carrying Company]
Information retrieved Thursday 31 May 2018 at 16:40