This 2 disk set covers two of Britain’s most popular waterways The Grand Union Southern Section – ( Paddington to Braunston) This completely new programme covers the old Grand Junction Canal, from its terminus at Paddington right through to Braunston where it meets the Oxford Canal. Uniquely among England’s Waterways, this canal has two summits, one in the Chilterns just North of London and the other in Northamptonshire where it squeezes through the Watford Gap. The programme looks at the complex water supply situation that this created. The Grand Junction Canal was arguably the most important of all our waterways, linking London to the coalfields and industries of the Midlands. When it was opened, it cut 60 miles off the journey time. Although never very far away from urban centres – many of which grew to importance because of the canal – this delightful wide beam waterway takes us through pleasant rolling countryside and through the pretty towns and villages of the Shires. Even within the M25 ring, much of it remains essentially rural in character. The wide and deep waters make for excellent cruising. The Grand Union Braunston – Birmingham This programme covers the journey from one of the hubs of the canal network at Braunston through pleasant open countryside, to Royal Leamington Spa and Warwick, and finally right into the heart of Britain’s second city, Birmingham. The penultimate few miles are little changed from when the commercial carriers abandoned the network in the 1960’s, and then suddenly, one emerges onto the world stage, right into the heart of one of the most ambitious and successful urban regeneration schemes of modern times; Gas Street Basin and the waterway heart of modern Birmingham.