Post 23 – Grand Union Canal at Bulbourne, Hertfordshire

As the weather was reasonable yesterday we decided to venture out to find a rural pub for  Sunday lunch.  On the recommendation of a friend we went to a small village in Hertfordshire called Bulbourne, which is near the town of Tring.   The Grand Union Canal passes through Bulbourne on its way from Brentford in West London to Birmingham, a distance of some 137 miles.

The Grand Junction Arms is located in the heart of Bulbourne alongside the Grand Union Canal, where walkers can gain access to the canal towpath.  Sunday lunch was excellent, as was the service from friendly staff.  Before our lunch we took an hours walk along the towpath in the Birmingham direction, passed the Marsworth Reservoir home to a myriad of wildlife.

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Grand Union Canal at Bulbourne

The Grand Junction Arms is just to the left of this picture.  The building on the opposite bank with the tower is a forge specializing in metal art.  The gentleman sitting on the bank is enjoying the scene possibly after a Sunday morning constitutional.

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Date:   13:01:2013  Time: 14.11.25    Camera:   Canon EOS 30D   Lens:   Canon EF 17-40 mm  f/4.0 L  USM

Aperture:   f/5.4  Shutter Speed:   1/50   ISO:  100   Focal Length:   19.0 mm

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Pug

A compact little narrow boat with the owner keeping an eye on the walkers,  she was in fact very friendly and enjoyed a chat.  Many people live on narrowboats throughout the year, with most boats having good heating in the form of wood burning stoves.

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Date:   13:01:2013  Time:  14.48.20   Camera:   Canon EOS 30D   Lens:   Canon EF 17-40 mm  f/4.0 L  USM

Aperture:   f/7.1  Shutter Speed:   1/13   ISO:  100   Focal Length:   17.0 mm

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The Ship’s Cat

This cat belongs to the narrowboat Pug.  I spent some time trying to persuade the cat to look directly into the lens, however it was a standoff and this was the best I could do.

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Date:   13:01:2013  Time: 14.15.04    Camera:   Canon EOS 30D   Lens:    Canon  EF 70-300 mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Aperture:   f/4.0   Shutter Speed:   1/30   ISO:  100   Focal Length:   70.0 mm

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Hammer & Tongs

Established in 1988 by Master Blacksmith Paul Elliott FWCB, Hammer & Tongs makes and sells a wide range of artistic metal work.

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Date:   13:01:2013  Time: 15.30.33   Camera:   Canon EOS 30D   Lens:   Canon EF 17-40 mm  f/4.0 L  USM

Aperture:   f/7.1  Shutter Speed:   1/100   ISO:  100   Focal Length:   17.0 mm

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Wendover Arm

Just to the south of Bulbourne is the Wendover Arm.  This junction leads to a 6.7 mile canal that goes from the Grand Union to Wendover.  The Arm was completed in 1797 but became  un-navigable in 1897 until re-constructed by the Wendover Arm Trust and fully opened in 2005.

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Date:   13:01:2013  Time: 14.08.46    Camera:   Canon EOS 30D   Lens:   Canon EF 17-40 mm  f/4.0 L  USM

Aperture:   f/7.1  Shutter Speed:   1/40    ISO:  100   Focal Length:   32.0 mm

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Marsworth Reservoir – Image 1

One of the many canal-side reservoirs constructed to insure a navigable waterway when the canal water levels begin to dry up.

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Date:   13:01:2013  Time: 15.04.48    Camera:   Canon EOS 30D   Lens:   Canon EF 17-40 mm  f/4.0 L  USM

Aperture:   f/7.1  Shutter Speed:   1/200   ISO:  100   Focal Length:   17.0 mm

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Marsworth Reservoir – Image 2

Marsworth Reservoir provides a thriving habitat for wildlife.  Unfortunately we did not have enough time to spend here, although we did see a flock of Herons take off (just as I was changing cameras – so missed it).  This is definitely a place to come back to in the Spring with plenty of time to spare.

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Date:   13:01:2013  Time: 15.07.01   Camera:   Canon EOS 30D   Lens:   Canon EF 17-40 mm  f/4.0 L  USM

Aperture:   f/7.1  Shutter Speed:   1/160   ISO:  100   Focal Length:   25.0 mm

If you would like further information about Bulbourne or my images please contact me via this blog.  Prints of all my images are available in a variety of sizes.

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