Regent's Canal

Regent's Canal

Today's walk was a wander along the Regent's Canal from its start at Little Venice to the Limehouse Basin. The canal was first proposed by Thomas Homer in 1802 as a link from the Paddington arm of the Grand Junction Canal with the River Thames. It was built during the early 19th century and noted architect and town planner John Nash, known for Buckingham Palace, Regent Street and Brighton's Royal Pavilion, played a part in it's construction.

Regent's Canal, Limehouse (1823)

Around 120,000 tonnes of cargo was shipped in the first year and the canal flourished, but by the late 1960’s commercial traffic had all but vanished. These days the canal is now used for more leisurely pursuits such as pleasure boating, walking and cycling.

A stroll along the towpath is a great way to see London - you will wander through affluent Maida Vale, near Lord's Cricket ground and around the upper edge of The Regent's Park.

Heading further east you'll pass through Camden, the newly regenerated King's Cross area, Islington, Victoria Park, before heading down through Mile End Park to the Limehouse Basin.

Distance: around 9 miles.

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