GU Canal, Saddington Tunnel to Gumley Rd

    Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary

    Getting There

    Access at the western end is from Saddington Road - midway between Saddington and Smeeton Westerby. At the western end, accessis from Gumley Road.

    Managed By
    Canal and River Trust
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 11

    Description

    The main route of the Grand Union Canal, built between 1793 and 1814, is from London to Birmingham but it has several 'arms' including that which runs to Leicester and beyond into Nottinghamshire. This is a navigable route and has a public footpath (towpath) along the full length. As with most canals, the shallow water (typically around 1.2m) and shallower edges provides good habitat for emergent aquatic vegetation, which in turn supports a wide range of invertebrates.

    Status
    • Canal
    • Grand Union Canal Conservation Area