Planning your visit
Address: Waterside, Exchange Street, Aylesbury, HP20 1AL View on Google map
Opening Times: Towpath is open every day
Price: Once you've parked, it's free
Toilets: The nearest toilets are in the supermarket but there are also some in the town centre
The Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union Canal is a great starting point for family walks and to see the bustle of life at the water's edge. The Aylesbury Arm used to transport grain, timber, coal and building materials until the 1960s.
Threatened with closure, a team of canal enthusiasts worked hard to keep it open. Today, their dedication has paid off with a new marina just outside of Aylesbury. Just a short walk along the towpath, Circus Field Marina is home to lots of boats and a wet and dry dock.
Aylesbury is home to over 60 restaurants, cafes and bars so you'll not be short of places to sit and watch the world go by. If you're interested in the town's architectural history, the Heritage Walk is a self-guided walk that will have you walking all over town.
Take to the towpath:
Places to eat:
The nearest picnic spot to the canal is the Green Flag award-winning Vale Park. This contemporary park is not only beautiful but home to a play area, tennis courts and large open picnic areas
This maybe a busy town, but download our free nature spotter's guide and get spotting ducks, herons, coots and mute swans
By car - the nearest parking is available by the supermarket and Waterside Theatre
By train - Aylesbury Station is a seven minute walk to the basin
By boat - we have some permanent moorings with boater facilies in the basin