Canal Boat - - Arms & Dead Ends -

Turn­ing off the Grand Union Main Line on to the Aylesbury Arm at Mar­sworth Junction is a lit­tle bit like leav­ing the M1 for a B-road. You’ve left the wide­beam long-dis­tance trunk route and you’re on a six-mile nar­row-beam back­wa­ter de­scend­ing the north­ern slopes of the Chilterns to the old market town of Aylesbury.

The des­cent be­gins steeply, with nine locks in the first mile, the first two in the form of a stair­case. But then they spread out, as the canal passes through quiet coun­try­side to the ter­mi­nal basin by the new theatre, and an easy walk to the town’s shops and pubs.

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