Kirk returns to Tarporley

Yesyerday I went along the Regent’s Canal to King’s Cross and the west portal of Islington tunnel. When I approached the tunnel portal two boats were emerging. The second happened to be Tarporley. Tarporley emerges from Islington tunnel in the evening of 16 May 2015 I was surprised when I saw who the skipper was, its about 25 years since […]

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Chicks, dogs & paddle boarders at Little Venice

Saturday: Some more pics from Little Venice 🙂 The baby coots in the pool are perhaps the most popular attraction at this weekend’s Cavalcade! I would not assume the paddleboarders went through the tunnel – they could have perhaps done so by waiting for an eastbound boat and then trailing behind it (even tho the rules technically dont allow it!) […]

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Relief for pressurised Regent’s Canal towpath?

Today (2nd Sept) a leaflet dropped through the letter box. It details plans for a East-West cycle superhighway. Clearly this could provide some partial relief for the oversubscribed Regent’s Canal towpath route when one considers this along with the Barking to Tower Gateway route. The two routes combined would provide a through cycle route from Barking to Little Venice and […]

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London’s worst canal ‘towpath’ – 3

Did a City of Westminster councillor fail the city in its duties? I decided to add this interim installment to this investigation of the towpath situation between Little Venice and Lisson Grove as I think it lends an important aspect to the failures in providing proper access and good signage for disabled people who wish to use the canal towpaths […]

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London’s worst canal ‘towpath’ – 2

We begin this section with a quote from London Canals’ 2006 report: Why is there a problem at Maida Hill & Lisson Grove? “Until the 1980’s there never used to be such major restrictons pertaining to the towpath in question. British Waterways’ proposals for a major waterborne light and sound show in 1989 meant that large numbers of boats moored […]

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London’s worst canal ‘towpath’

The subject of this 1st blog post is towpath accessibility – which seems appropriate as my life now focuses on disability rights & access. This issue of accessibility along the ‘substituted towpath’ section between Little Venice and Lisson Grove etc has been discussed in the past and was in fact the subject of a survey conducted by London Canals in […]

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The Grand Junction Canal Feeder from Ruislip #8

The streets of Hayes #1 This section is entirely on street walking and very little is to be seen of the former feeder. However its route can be traced all the way to the Grand Union Canal at Hayes Gate, near Southall. Some will know the location as being sited a short distance north of Hayes Bridge. Despite not being […]

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