Canal fishing in Denham, Uxbridge and West Drayton
This length of canal runs from the Denham Deep Lock in the north down to Trout Road Bridge between West Drayton and Yiewsley.
Denham Deep Lock is rather deep with a rise of 11 foot, 1 inch. When emptied this causes a considerable surge in current for some distance.
From here the canal descends into the rural approach to north Uxbridge, passes under White Bridge (where the towpath continues on the east bank) and then the A40. On the south side of the A40 the River Colne (reinforced by the recent arrival of the Misbourne) feeds the canal, making for some interesting angling options. Upstream of this point to the lock this inflow causes the canal to push gently upstream for some time after Denham Deep has been emptied and the down wash of lock water has completed.
The canal then continues along and enters an increasingly built up environment until it arrives at Bridge 184 and the towpath switches to the west bank where it enters Uxbridge proper. From here the waterway proceeds southwards, passing under the A4020 Oxford Road at the Swan & Bottle Bridge, and continues on to the Dolphin Bridge (No 186) where the A4007 St Johns Road crosses it.
Passing through Uxbridge Moor, the canal proceeds south through built up areas, past the Gas Works Bridge (No 187) and onto Cowley Shovel Bridge (No 188) where it is crossed by the B470 Iver Lane. Along this stretch there is also a towpath on the east bank running north from the B470 about halfway up to the Gas Works Bridge.
Now in Cowley, the towpath is on the east bank as the waterway heads the short distance to Cowley Lock and then proceeds southwards through a less built up area, with much of the west bank being free of housing and industrial estates. Passing Cowley Hall Recreation Ground and then under Benbow Bridge (No 189, the canal swings towards the south east and runs under Packet Boat Lane Bridge (No 190), past Lindon Doors Dock Bridge (190A – this is a footbridge for the towpath) onto the meeting with the Slough Arm (Cowley Peachey Junction). From here it enters a more built up area again with the towpath remaining on the east bank, and proceeds over the River Pinn Aqueduct and past Tesco Yiewsley Moorings to the end of this stretch at Trout Road Bridge (No 191) with Yiewsley to the east and West Drayton to the south.
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