Grand Union Canal

The Bletchley to Leighton Buzzard cycle trail follows the Grand Union Canal. A gentle and mostly flat ride, the only elevation you will encounter is near the canal locks.

The Grand Union Canal presents a tranquil setting to enjoy your ride. Look out for local wildlife and birds as the area provides home to a wide variety of species.


The Grand Union towpath cycling route extends for 7.9 miles (12.7 km) from Bletchley, Buckinghamshire to Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.

Let’s Pedal

The Grand Union Canal provides a traffic-free cycle route for riders of all ages and abilities.

The route starts at Waterhall Park, Bletchley (Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Leighton Buzzard (LU7 2AE). Follow the signs for NCN 6 heading south along the towpath.

Look out for the interesting bird and wildlife native to the area including Goldeneye, Goosander, Pochard and Grey Heron; Small and Common Blue butterflies; American Mink, Common Pipistrelle and Brown Long Eared Bats.

Route Distance

FromToDistance (Miles)Distance (Km)
BletchleyLeighton Buzzard7.912.7


You will find a number of refreshment stops available in or near:

Bletchley, Leighton Buzzard.

The Globe Inn has a restaurant and is next to the canal.

The nearest shops and cafes to Waterhall Park are at Serpentine Court, Fenny Stratford and Queensway, Bletchley.

At Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, there is The Snack Bar and the café within Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre as well as shops and cafés in Leighton Buzzard.

Public houses can be found near:

The Three Locks (next to canal); in Bletchley and Leighton Buzzard.



There are no public toilets at Waterhall Park. The nearest facilities are in nearby Fenny Stratford, MK2 2UG.

There are no public toilets at Tiddenfoot Watereside Park. The nearest facilities are in Leighton Buzzard centre, LU7 1SG.

Cycle Hire available at:

None available.

Tourist information available at:

None available.

How to get here

By Car

Bletchley is near Milton Keynes and accessible from the M1 at junction 14.

Leighton Buzzard is also accessible from the M1 at junction 11A.

Car Parking

Pay and Display or free parking available near the cycle route at these locations:

Car ParkLocationPostcode
Waterhall ParkBletchleyMK2 2UZ
Tiddenfoot Waterside ParkLeighton BuzzardLU7 2AE

By Cycle

Grand Union Canal is a part of National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 6 from Castlethorpe or Dunstable.

By Train

Bletchley or Leighton Buzzard.


  • Distance (miles): 7.9
  • Distance (km): 12.7
  • Start: Bletchley
  • Finish: Leighton Buzzard
  • Type: Traffic-free canal towpath
  • Surface: Tarmac, gravel
  • Sat Nav: MK2 2UZ


  • Car Park
  • Free Entry
  • Picnic Site
  • Refreshments
  • Cycle Hire
  • Toilets
  • Tourist Information

Cycle Hire

No cycle hire available.

Opening Times

Open all year round except for any temporary closures due to works.


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