Who pulled the plug on the canal this time?

The Cooks Wharf area of the Grand Union Canal appears to have drained away again. Photo by Julian Williams
The Cooks Wharf area of the Grand Union Canal appears to have drained away again. Photo by Julian Williams

It’s winter, and we’re certainly not in the middle of a drought, so what’s happened to this stretch of the Grand Union Canal?

The Cooks Wharf area of the canal appears to have drained away again, just four months after the same section was left bereft of water.

The area sits just outside Cheddington on the way to Marsworth. In August there was a similar scene after a boater left a lock gate paddle open – the gates control the flow of water in the lock.

The Canal River Trust acted quickly at the time to solve the rare problem and normal order was resumed several hours later.

But on Monday (December 28) it happened again. Reader Julian Williams was surprised when he stumbled across it.

He said: “I was walking along and thought the canal looked a bit strange, it was almost completely drained.

“I looked online and the picture I saw on the LBO’s website from August was pretty much the same image as the one I took.

“It is strange that the same place has drained in a matter of months.

“I have never seen a canal drain that bad before.”

The Canal River Trust were unavailable for comment.