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One of the many delights of cruising canals is the wide choice of routes available. Indeed in England and Wales there are over two thousand miles of rivers and canals that can be navigated. (You probably won't be able to read the detail on this map, but it does give an idea of the network.)

Linslade adjoins the Market town of Leighton Buzzard which over the last hundred years has become famous for its sand. Much of this sand was transported by Narrow Gauge Railway and loaded aboard narrow boats. Many of these loading wharves can still be seen today. Linslade is situated on the northern Edge of the Chiltern Hills, just an hour's journey by road or rail from London.

The Grand Union Canal was one of the last canals to be built and opened in 1806 to provide a direct link between London & Birmingham. It has many outstanding engineering achievements like the Blisworth and Braunston tunnels, the aqueducts at Cosgrove and Milton Keynes and the Weedon embankments.

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