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Regent's Canal

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Regent's Canal

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Brian T wrote a review Nov 16
London, United Kingdom3,085 contributions4,670 helpful votes
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This historic canal is around 200 years old now, and was built to connect the Grand Union Canal’s Paddington Arm at Paddington Basin to the River Thames at Limehouse. With the advent of the railways a couple of decades later the canal lost much of its financial viability, but it continued as a useful transport link from the Midlands via the Grand Union Canal, carrying huge quantities of timber, coal, building materials and foodstuffs into and out of London. With the onset of lorry transport in the 1960s the commercial traffic on the canal dwindled; the final nail in its coffin came in 1969 when the dock on the Thames was closed. But there is much life on the canal these days. It’s full of house boats, quaint narrow boats and small pleasure craft; more significantly, its towpaths are a haven for walkers and cyclist traversing the 8.6 mile length of the canal. It will take you a couple of hours to walk the full length. We walked from the lock at the Camden Market, through the newly fashionable Coal Drops Yard at Kings Cross St Pancras, by Regent’s Park and through to Little Venice and the Paddington Basin. We were recommended this particular section of the canal to walk by a number of different people who had walked the canal. To be frank, parts of the canal were pretty, and parts of it were pretty ugly. Parts were filthy, with rubbish in the water and on the towpaths, graffiti everywhere, and some of the waterway choked with green algae. The best parts of the canal were the lively areas around Camden Lock (by Camden Market) and Coal Drops Yard, where you could sit and watch the activity on the canal. Parts of the towpath down towards Little Venice were firmly gated and closed to pedestrians, so you had to walk on roadway footpaths. Beware of cyclists; they were there in vast numbers, owning the towpaths and showing no regard for pedestrians. It was interesting to see some of the residential narrowboats which are moored along the canal, though some looked more like a rubbish tip than a pleasant and quirky living environment. It’s a pleasant walk as long as you are alert to cyclists, though I’d probably not suggest it’s one of those ‘must do’ things if you are visiting London.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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N9eav wrote a review Oct 2020
Cornwall, United Kingdom637 contributions252 helpful votes
Enjoyable walk along the canal. We did Canary Wharf to Angel tunnel. Lots to see and a lot of graffiti too. Watch out for cycles and joggers. Interesting selection of narrow boats, buildings too. Worth spending some time.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Sebastian Forbes wrote a review Aug 2020
Limassol City, Cyprus687 contributions238 helpful votes
Very relaxing if you're not disturbed by the crazy bicycles - when will they learn to take pedestrians into consideration.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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starlightShanghai wrote a review Aug 2020
Victoria, Canada2,948 contributions357 helpful votes
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Regent’s Canal between the Caledonian-Canal bridge and the Canal Gas-holders, close to King’s Cross station, should be called Nightmare Alley! Belligerent cyclists here have a real attitude problem! They exude an unbelievable sense of entitlement with regard to the tow path and completely ruin this area for anyone not on a bicycle! No warning bells, no buzzers, no approach signals at all! It’s basically ‘their’ tow path and to hell with everyone else. Selfish, belligerent, and ignorant. And, OMG - their reaction if they have to slow down for pedestrians leisurely strolling along the path. Definitely a ‘me’ ‘me’ ‘me’ attitude! A pedestrian needs a 360-degree-neck swivel capacity just to avoid being hit by these jock wannabes. Expecting a tranquil visit along the canal? Forget it! Avoid this area like the plague. Unsafe for: - families, especially with small kids and/or pets - the elderly or those with mobility problems - visitors unfamiliar with the canal area - joggers
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Camda wrote a review May 2020
Wellington, New Zealand530 contributions327 helpful votes
Loved walking along the tow path in this area beside the water. Highly recommended. Walk as long or short as you desire
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Date of experience: December 2019
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