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Muddy walks: the Marsworth canal

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I’ve had a very odd experience with this post, in that I thought I’d written it months ago. Anyhow, turns out I hadn’t *sigh*. But looky here, it’s a lovely walk along the canal from Marsworth (just over into Herts) that I was put onto by my friend Ellie, who took her kids one day and had just the best time.

To give you some bearings, Marsworth is close to Tring, in a lovely leafy part of Herts, just on the Bucks/Herts borders. There’s a car park and reservoir just across the road from the canal entry point, and a riverside pub that was once probably lovely but is now boarded up and a bit sad-looking.

We took a backpack picnic and went off with the three kids. I’d pulled off a map from the internet which was pretty hopeless so not worth sharing with you – it veered deliberately off the canal path into fields which was quite fun actually – trying to show the children what corn looks like before it’s been picked by the jolly green man! –  but in retrospect it might have been just as much fun to stick on the path.




Lots of canal-like lovely things like swans, barges with pretty names, willows and all that stuff.


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We probably walked for about two hours with a couple of stops and a sit at a lock for lunch, and then ended up at The Red Lion pub, a nicely-positoned spot for a shandy at the end.  It won mid-Chilterns CAMRA pub of the year 2013 so it has beer credentials though I can’t vouch for the food.


I’ve found a couple of walks here that you can take a look at – here’s a 6km one.

If you don’t fancy lugging a picnic along you can try the pub above (though I can’t vouch for the food) or maybe take the short drive into Tring where there are a couple of nice places like The Akeman.

Anyway, let me know if you try it – I always love to hear your feedback!

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2 comments on “Muddy walks: the Marsworth canal”

  • Julia July 14, 2014

    If you walk a bit further, where the bulbourne rd goes over the canal there is a pub called the Grand Junction Arms it is fab. excellent food and lovely garden on the banks of the canal.

    • muddystiletto July 14, 2014

      Marvellous! Thanks for the tip, will try that next time x


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