When the dogs were sufficiently cooled down we progressed along the towpath passing a feeder stream to the left of the canal and then finding a discreetly hidden style a little further along on the right (towpath side) where we crossed a fence on to a path that descended below the canal.
Feeder stream enters canal on the left bank
At the bottom of the track is a tunnel beneath the canal bed which will take is across a series of fields toward the high ground of Saddington Reservoir. Fortunately the cattle had vacated the pastures we had to cross - cows with calves at their sides are not a good mix with dogs. The cattle are quite likely to ignore you but they definitely do NOT ignore the presence of dogs.
I spotted this marker post in the field below the canal, G J C, Grand JUNCTION Canal the original name of what is now known as the Grand UNION canal.
Approaching the embankment of the Saddington Reservoir I passed this...a big bath plug lives in here?
The dogs checking out the embankment at the northern end of the reservoir
Retracing our steps we pass this overflow from the canal above us
Back through the tunnel beneath the canal
Yes, that's the way over the style and back up to the canal.
All in all a pleasant two hour walk, more swimming for the dogs on the way back to the boat and then a cuppa and a read in the shade of an ash tree for me.