Regent’s Canal – Mare Street to Limehouse

Gasometers near Mare Street, Hackney Busy summer scene by Northiam Street Boats and cyclists by Bonner Hall bridge in Victoria Park Old Ford Lock – 10pm at night! The Bow Heritage Trail includes this section of the Regents Canal as well as the adjacent Hertford Union Canal, which branches off below Old Ford Lock. Mile End, Johnsons, Salmon and Limehouse […]

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Regent’s Canal – Camden to St Pancras

The canal at the top of Camden Market. On the left is the Pirate Castle. The entrance 2 the disused Dead Dog basin is on right Note: Dead Dog basin gave boats access to an underground wharf which formed part of the Camden horse tunnels. Part of the tunnels on a lower level are open and this is actually to […]

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Regent’s Cumberland Turn to Pirate Castle

Towpath walkers and a waterbus at St Marks Gate bridge, near the junction from which the old Cumberland Arm began At the end of the Regents Park section boats turn sharp left for Camden Town. The canal once went straight on to Cumberland Basin near Great Portland Street A close up of the Feng Shang Chinese restaurant. This unusual style […]

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Regent’s Canal – Maida Hill to London Zoo

London Waterbus Perseus at the eastern end of Maida Hill Tunnel Marylebone Wide from Lisson Grove Road with Beauchamp heading westwards East Portal of Lisson Grove Tunnel with a widebeam heading westwards Lisson Grove moorings, otherwise known as Marylebone Wide. There used to be a very large interchange depot between canal and railway Plaque placed by Pateley St bridge commoreating […]

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Regent’s Canal intro & Little Venice – Maida Hill

The Regents Canal Following on the success of the Grand Union’s Paddington Branch, the Regents was opened to exploit the potentialities offered by water transport. It was designed by John Nash and named after the Prince Regent of the time. The canal was planned as part of a substantial new developoment around Marylebone, that included Regents Park. The course of […]

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Grand Union Paddington Arm Part 5 – Ladbroke Grove to Little Venice

The former Porta Bella dock, now another of those useless water features that people seem to like turning canals into. Whats all this talk of ‘restoration’ when this happens? Houses in Harrow Road whose backs are right on the canal’s edge. These are the only such examples left on London’s waterways. New flats by Harrow Road. Very little left in […]

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Grand Union Paddington Arm Part 4 – Harlesden to Kensal Green

A slightly scruffy looking stretch of canal belies these electricity substations and their service bridges east of Acton Lane, Harlesden. This was the site of METESCo’s Acton Lane power station, built in 1899. An aerial view of the complex can be seen at Britain from Above. The canal enters a lengthy cutting from Acton lane to Old Oak Road. This […]

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Grand Union Paddington Arm Part 3 – Alperton to Acton Lane

The canal has a lengthy run past Horsenden Hill Golf Course as far as the WLCC at Alperton. Despite the location it is surprisingly rural The West London Crusing Club’s moorings at Alperton Modern copy of a traditional bridge at Alperton – the concrete arch gives away its origin The visitor moorings at Alperton, next to the large Sainsburys superstore. […]

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Grand Union Paddington Arm Part 2 – Northolt to Horsenden Hill

Northolt boatyard, offering services, gas and diesel. Its operated by High Line Yachting of Iver. This is the last opportunity to fill up before London. The next opportunity is Springfield Marina on the Lee Navigation – unless one happens to meet either of the area’s working narrowboats that sell coal and diesel The building seen towering above the wharf is […]

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The Grand Union’s Paddington Arm

The Padddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal (formerly the Grand Junction Canal) like all the Grand Union routes, was actually owned by the Regents Canal company. Their Grand Union network was formed in 1929 and was the last major waterways merge before nationalisation. The Paddington Arm was one of the last to see the old fashioned style of regular […]

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