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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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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The Grand Junction Canal Feeder from Ruislip #7

Charville Lane Estate to Yeading The eastern end of Weymouth Close is the next location at which the canal feeder can be seen. It is very overgrown, and to be fair, there isnt a lot to see on the remainder of the route as far as Marvell Avenue. But if perseverance is made one can find some substantial sections of […]

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The Grand Junction Canal Feeder from Ruislip #6

Gutteridge Wood to Charville Lane Gutteridge Wood is one of the better woodlands in London. The only bugbear is the area’s extremely poor public transport, but this perhaps gives the woods their attraction – and remoteness from anything that pertains to be London! The main pathway heads eastwards, and any path that tangents off to the south crosses the former […]

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The Grand Junction Canal Feeder from Ruislip #5

Sussex Road to Cutthroat Wood Above and below: The section of feeder just off Sussex Road, with its wider than usual accomodation bridge, looking like a tunnel of sorts The feeder near the southern end of Sussex Road.  To continue towards North Hillingdon, one must cross a field that eventually meets the A40 Westway. In a short distance the path […]

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The Grand Junction Canal Feeder from Ruislip #4

Ickenham to Sussex Road Hillingdon In this view looking towards West Ruislip station, there is this new-ish fencing. If one looks through the wire mesh fencing the canal feeder can be seen running alongside, with a couple of accomodation bridges to boot. Note: The bus stop depicted in the picture has since been moved further towards Ickenham. The feeder still […]

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The Grand Junction Canal Feeder from Ruislip #3

Greenway to West Ruislip      At the Greenway is a large concrete bridge of a rather interesting but austere design. Marked by Hillingdon trail signs, the route crosses the road where one can see the bridge more clearly on the south side. The Hillingdon Trail goes north west along the Greenway, but there is an unmarked footpath that squeezes past […]

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The Grand Junction Canal Feeder from Ruislip #2

Clack Lane Aqueduct to the Railway As aqueducts go, this is a bit of an odd affair. However it did carry the Ruislip canal feeder over the River Pinn. Clearly this rather elegant ‘bridge’ was meant to be functional and the canal feeder was carried on a large embankment across the Pinn valley, the bridge forming a culvert through which […]

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The Grand Junction Canal Feeder from Ruislip

Intro & the route to Clack Lane One of two major GJCCo feeders in the London area, this was one of the longest ever built. It traversed the countryside between Ruislip and Hayes The Grand Junction Canal Company built its reservoir at Park Hearn, near Ruislip in 1811. The engineer was John Rennie. The waters from the reservoir were taken […]

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