4 November 2013

Regents Park/Little Venice - The Grand Union Canal Path Walk

The dusky nights drawing in are inevitable with winter approaching swiftly, but before we lose all light after 3pm, if there is one thing to be doing in London on the weekend, it's go for a walk. More specifically, go for a wander along the canals of Little Venice.

They are stunning, bedecked in their jewelled Autumnal finery.



I would probably start at the Camden/Chalk Farm end. The Canal is pretty equidistant from each tube station, and you just walk along the High Street until you get to the bridge that spans the industrial marvel - dug by hand by Irish workers - that are local branches of the canal networks. Under the Camden Lock, is the Camden Lock food market where tantalising tidbits are laid out for your delectation.
 
 
Turn right along the towpath, and simply wander. In the next two miles or so you'll see a Pirate Castle, the glory of Regent's Park, skirt the London Zoo, walk past a Chinese floating restaurant, make friends with a few swans and spot incredibly palatial follies of many styles.
 
 
 
It's all the more stunning because you're in Zone One of one the busiest cities in the world. Not bad London, not bad.



As you walk along you may notice lengthway striations on the bridge pillars like the ones below.



When the canals were first in operation they were strictly industrial. They were vital links in getting valuable cargo from town to town all over the UK. Each boat would carry tons of cargo often coal, and were drawn by horses. The striations are guides for the ropes the horses were tied to.
 
The industrial origins of the UK canals - credit.



I'm going to shut up now. Sit back, relax and enjoy the virtual walk (though if you're local get your butt away from that desk - it's free and beautiful on a Sunny day).
 











(If you're feeling tired or a little lazy there are also water taxi's and canal boats drifting the length of the canals like we did for my birthday recently. Their rope coiling skills are second to none)




Just bear in mind the golden rule of canal trips - Keep wandering until you're tired, or have found a good pub.

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13 comments :

  1. Great pictures - autumn is looking so pretty. I love this walk - so peaceful and so much to see! And if it's a sunny day, a quick detour up Primrose Hill is awesome to admire the view over London.

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    1. It's the perfect time of the year to go a-wandering isn't it!

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  2. I love wandering down canals, so much to find!

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    1. There is always something going on - we couldn't believe the food market we stumbled across. One earmarked for a return visit!

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  3. I just love London's canals. They are so pretty, topped by the charming barges and the odd floating water-bird. And, as you say, they are all the more pretty for their being right in the middle of a big old city like London!

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    1. There is just something so London about having such a peaceful place nestled amongst such busy chaos!

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  4. Looks like an incredible spot for a beautiful walk! I've got to remember this!

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    1. Definitely something to earmark - I've been meaning to go for so long.

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  5. I have been meaning to go to Little Venice for a few weekends now. I must check it out next time the sun is out :)

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  6. This looks nice... definitely one to keep in mind for my next visit to London!

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    1. I'd highly recommend a wander - or a canal boat ride.

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  7. Aw, I was here in August! It was totally random and wasn't part of the itinerary but ended up being the perfect place for lunch after shopping at the crazy camden market!

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