The Wendover Arm - now navigable for 1½ lock free miles from Bulbourne to a winding hole!
The Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal provides a scenic and tranquil route from Bulbourne to Wendover - built as a feeder to provide much needed water to the Tring summit on the Grand Union. For a small additional cost the canal was made navigable and opened in 1797.
Unfortunately the canal soon suffered from leakage and by 1870 over 30 locks per day were being lost. Despite many attempts to stop these leaks, the canal was closed to traffic in 1897 and stop planks were installed at Little Tring. The Arm was permanently closed in 1904 and the water diverted by a pipeline running under the dry bed of the canal.
The Wendover Arm Trust was formed in early 1989 to raise funds and to actively work to restore the Wendover Arm to full navigation. It is a registered charity.
Phase One of the restoration, the replacement of the filled-in bridge at Little Tring and the restoration of a short length of canal, was completed and opened to navigation early in 2005.
Although the Trust has been very successful in raising money for this restoration effort our funds will rapidly dwindle as we continue working on Phase 2 - the restoration between Little Tring and Drayton Beauchamp.
See how our restoration is progressing here
You can support the restoration by online donation here by clicking either BT Mydonate
or Golden Giving here ...
... or sponsor concrete lining blocks for the canal bed through
"Blockaid" .. just fill out our Blockaid Sponsorship Form
... or if you would like to join our volunteer working parties and
get involved with the practical restoration please contact
restoration director Roger Leishman (Tel:01442 874536)
Thank you for your help & support !
The site is developing and we would welcome feedback plus suggestions for content & offers of pictures illustrating aspects of the Wendover Arm including leisure activities, wild life, and it's history - please e-mail to :
See the Arm in 1½ mins ! time lapse video here
Restoration Open day Sunday June 2nd - come and see the works in action - details - here
Our next Working Party begins on Friday May 31st,
please call Roger on 01442 874536 to volunteer help
Latest Working Party Newsletter April 2013 - here
Latest Club 100 Lottery Results - here
Wonderful prizes - for details & tickets click here
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