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Bletchley to Leighton Buzzard - 8.5 miles

The obvious route is along the Grand Union Canal
The stretch close to the river (the Ousel, which joins the Great Ouse at Newport Pagnell) is particularly attractive. You will be unlucky not to see herons, and there may be other interesting birds.
The towpath is nearly all firm gravel or tarmac; not everyone will like that, but there is often enough grass beside it to walk on, and mud will not be a problem in wet conditions.

Distances

8.5 miles (14 km)
A slight rise from the canal to Bletchley station, otherwise flat.

Travel

The canal is one mile and a quarter (2 km) from Bletchley station and nearly 600 yards from Leighton Buzzard station. There are frequent trains between Bletchley and Leighton Buzzard, on the line from Euston to Milton Keynes.
The X15 bus links Aylesbury, Leighton Buzzard, Bletchley and Milton Keyes, about hourly, but less often on Sundays. The bus route crosses the canal at Leighton Buzzard.
Detailed travel information for the whole of this area is available from the Traveline South East website www.travelinesoutheast.org.uk or telephone 0871 200 22 33.

Ordnance Survey Map

This walk is all on Ordnance Survey Explorer Map 192, Buckingham and Milton Keynes.

Refreshments

There is a village shop in Stoke Hammond, a short distance from the canal, for provisions such as sandwiches, but the pub here does not open during the day except on Sundays. 
The Three Locks pub, about the middle of the walk, and The Globe, just outside Linslade, serve food and welcome walkers, canal users and all.
You probably have more choice of refreshments between the canal and the station at Bletchley than at Leighton Buzzard (though not much on Sundays). This may be an argument for doing the walk from south to north.

Please always be considerate about muddy boots in pubs etc; either take them off, or cover them up. 
Never eat or drink your own provisions on pub premises (including the garden, if there is one).

Route

Bletchley station is at grid reference SP868336 and Leighton Buzzard station (in Linslade) at SP910250. 
There is not much to be gained by going along the canal north of Mill Farm (grid ref. 882329). 
The most pleasant route between the canal at Mill Farm and Bletchley station is probably across the open space south of the schools half a mile (0.8 km) east of the station. At the roundabout just east of the railway bridges and south of the bus station pass to the north of the Brunel Centre. The street to the east of that is partly pedestrianised, with a variety of shops and some cafes etc.