The Jubilee Greenway - Walk 3
Limehouse Basin to Buckingham Palace
Today was the finishing leg of the Jubilee Greenway, walking it in reverse from the published route from Limehouse Basin to Buckingham Palace. It covers sections 1, 2, 3 and 10.
For this walk section 10 starts at Limehouse Basin which was once called Regent’s Canal Dock and was where cargo ships arrived and transferred goos onto canal barges. These days it is a harbour for expensive yachts.
The walk then heads north along the Regent’s Canal through Mile End Park which was created on industrial land devastated by World War II bombing and now covers around 32 hectares (79 acres).
Crossing Roman Road and Old Ford Road we enter Victoria Park. Here we join section 3 which follows the Regent’s Canal west. A short detour takes you to Broadway Market which dates from the 1890s and was originally a fruit and vegetable market.
You pass under a lot of bridges on this section and near The London Canal Museum which tells the history of the canals from the early days as trade routes through to today’s use for leisure.
We join section 2 at Camden Lock Market which started to appear in 1974 and specialises in clothes and crafts. The canal lock here, although referred to as Camden Lock, is actually named Hampstead Road Lock.
A little further and you reach the 487 acre Regent’s Park which was named after The Prince Regent, later George IV, and landscaped by Josh Nash.
Here you leave section 2 behind and the Regent’s Canal which, at 8.6 miles long, provides a link from the Paddington arm of the Grand Union Canal to the Thames.
The area where the two canals join, and where section 1 starts, is The Pool of Little Venice. No-one is sure where the name comes from, with stories of both Robert Browning and Lord Byron coining the name.
A small divert from the route and you can find a Tube curiosity at Leinster Gardens where there are two false facades at numbers 23 and 24. Behind the facades, which are complete with windows and doors, is an open vent section used to keep the tunnels smoke free when the tube trains were steam powered.
Coming off the canals and through the Bayswater area you enter Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. The park was created in 1536 by Henry VII for hunting and it wasn’t made public until 1637 by Charles I.
Through Wellington Arch you enter Green Park, which is said to have been a burial ground for lepers from the nearby hospital at St. James’s. John Nash landscaped the park in 1820 as an addition to St. James’s Park.
Exiting the park by the splendid Canada Gate, we come to the end (or is that start) of the walk, outside Buckingham Palace.
Distance: around 13.5 miles.