Canal through MK named as a top European biking trail

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With the three-day bank holiday approaching, the Grand Union Canal has been named as one of the top eight European biking trails by travel search website GoEuro.

One of three English routes in the top eight, the Grand Union Canal – which runs through Milton Keynes in between London and Birmingham – is named alongside trails including Rome to Venice in Italy; the Brenner Pass from Austria to Italy; the Rhine Ride from Germany to France and the Dutch coastline.

The GoEuro blog at features easy and difficult trails around Europe, favoured and chosen by those in the biking community, and also comes with added pro cycling tips.

Andreas Kambanis from the London Cyclist blog, who nominated the canal route, said: “The reason why we chose the Grand Union Canal in particular was because of its history and scenery.

“The UK was the first country to create a nationwide canal network, and it played a key role in the Industrial Revolution in the 17th century. There’s a fascinating history to discover, as well as beautiful scenery all round.

“You can ride almost the entire length traffic free, but there are small sections where you’ll need to walk your bike or using local roads for a small distance. It’s a brilliant two-day cycle trail and with Milton Keynes in the middle, it really is a lovely place to stop for the night.”